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Evacuating the Workplace in an Emergency: A Step-by-Step Guide

Evacuating the Workplace in an Emergency: A Step-by-Step Guide


Emergencies can strike unexpectedly, and it is crucial to be prepared to evacuate the workplace promptly and safely. By following a well-defined evacuation plan and taking appropriate actions, you can minimise the risk of injury and ensure the safety of you and your colleagues.



the shadow of an escaping man and a fire in the building
the shadow of an escaping man and a fire in the building


1. Acknowledge the Alarm

Upon hearing an alarm or being instructed to evacuate, remain calm and assess the situation. If you are unsure whether to evacuate, seek clarification from a supervisor or designated evacuation leader.


2. Notify Others

If you are working in an area with others, inform them of the evacuation and move together towards the designated exit. If you are alone, close your work area and proceed to the nearest exit.


3. Use Designated Exits

Never use emergency exits or alternate routes unless instructed to do so by a supervisor or designated evacuation leader. Unauthorised use of emergency exits can disrupt emergency response efforts.


4. Move Quickly and Calmly

Evacuation should be conducted in a calm and orderly manner. Avoid running and pushing, as this can cause injuries and hinder the evacuation process.


5. Close Doors Behind You

As you evacuate, close doors behind you to help contain the potential hazards and prevent the spread of smoke or fire.


6. Meet at the Designated Assembly Point

Once you have evacuated the building, proceed to the designated assembly point. This is where you will be reunited with other employees and await further instructions from emergency responders.


7. Follow Instructions from Emergency Responders

Once you have reached the assembly point, listen attentively to instructions from emergency responders. They will provide guidance and instructions for your safety.


8. Remain Patient and Cooperate with Authorities

The evacuation process may take some time, so remain patient and cooperative with emergency responders. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until authorities have given the all-clear.


9. Conduct a Headcount

Once you have reached the assembly point, conduct a headcount to ensure that all of your colleagues are present. If someone is missing, inform the designated evacuation leader immediately.


10. Seek Additional Assistance If Needed

If you require medical attention or assistance, inform the designated evacuation leader or emergency responders immediately. They will provide the necessary care and support.


Additional Tips for Evacuation:

  • Keep your evacuation plan readily accessible and familiarise yourself with the designated evacuation routes.

  • During fire drills, identify potential hazards and obstacles that may hinder your evacuation.

  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing that can protect you from potential hazards during the evacuation.

  • In the event of a fire, avoid using elevators and wait for instructions from emergency responders before entering stairwells.

  • If you encounter smoke or fire during the evacuation, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth to protect yourself from smoke inhalation.

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