Under the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 1997 all workplaces must have a safety plan which includes:
- a floor plan of the workplace showing exits, fire extinguishers and assembly points in plain view of all staff, clients and visitors
- regular training of staff in evacuation procedures
- regular random fire/evacuation drills
- regular checks and maintenance on all equipment
- signage that clearly marks exits, fire extinguishers, first aid points, etc.
It is important to take all evacuation drills seriously and be familiar with the procedures in place for fire, gas leaks, chemical spills, blood spills, natural disasters, bomb threats, hold-ups, threatened physical harm or assault, and injury.
By being familiar with procedures and practising them regularly, you will know what is expected of you when an incident occurs. It is important to perform to your level of training and not go beyond it.
The community centre in which you work has practised regular fire drills. You know how to check each room, close doors behind you as you leave and count heads when you arrive at the assembly point. But during an actual incident, you try to put out the fire using the fire extinguisher, which you have never been shown how to use.
While this may result in your saving the day, it is more likely to result in other lives being put at risk to ensure your safety, actually spreading the fire through untrained use of a fire extinguisher, and perhaps smoke inhalation and injury to you.
You are a worker at the South End Community Centre (SECC). You are trained to use the fire equipment safely, but did not take the time to read the Fire Response Instructions posted nearby.
When a fire breaks out in the centre, you have 60 seconds to respond correctly.
- Try the Fire emergency quiz and see how you go without having read the instructions.
- Read the instructions and try again to improve your response time.
SECC Fire Response Instructions
- If it is safe, move people away from the fire.
- Alert people to the fire, call out 'FIRE FIRE FIRE' in a loud, clear voice and let switch know.
- Confine the fire by closing all possible fire doors to the area.
- Extinguish the fire if it is safe to do so, using the correct fire hose or extinguisher.
In case of emergency
Case study activity
Dealing with threats to safety