Returning to the workplace: Are your fire evacuation procedures still fit for purpose?
As lockdown measures ease we are increasingly beginning to see businesses make a gradual return to the workplace.
If you are making plans to welcome staff back to the office it’s essential to check that your fire evacuation procedures are still fit for purpose. You must have the correct measures in place to protect your building occupants and help them escape safely in the event of a fire
Fire drills are crucial to test your evacuation procedures
If you have moved office or made modifications to the layout of your building, it’s vital to update and test out your evacuation plan. Staff need to be made aware of any changes. New staff recruited during the pandemic may be unfamiliar with the building and need to be acquainted with the evacuation procedures they must follow.
Professionally executed fire drills are crucial. They allow you to test the effectiveness of your evacuation procedures and training and make sure they are suitable for the circumstances of your building and any operating procedures that you have introduced in response to Covid-19 - they are also a legal requirement.
Fire evacuation drills during Covid-19
Metro Safety are conscious that employers, building owners and managers will be keen to restrict the potential spread of the Covid-19 amongst their staff, employees and tenants, and that moving building occupants on mass as part of a practice evacuation exercise presents an unnecessary risk of person-to-person infection.
We have therefore incorporated elements of ‘social distancing control’ into our practice evacuation procedures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practical, unnecessary risk of person-to-person infection
For more information please see: Carrying out a Fire Evacuation Drill During Covid-19
Do you need to update your emergency evacuation plan?
In order to maintain social distancing many businesses have been forced to make building modifications and change their operations by implementing new working patterns, reducing staffing levels and altering the flow of footfall around their buildings. It’s vital that your emergency evacuation plan is reviewed and updated to take account of these changes.
Any Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) that were in place prior to the lockdown will need to be reviewed with the individuals concerned to ensure their suitability with your updated emergency evacuation plan.
If you need help in updating your emergency evacuation plan please get in touch.
If you would like to find out more about our fire evacuation drills, fire warden training or need help in updating your emergency evacuation plan, please get in touch. We are always happy to have an informal discussion.
Please call 0845 058 9999 or visit our website for further details.