My topic today is inspired by the last few training sessions I have given combined with the follow up fire and evacuation drill that we facilitated.
What I have found to be the difference between the good and great training sessions have been the the companies that have really put effort into their safe work instructions and procedures.
When looking at an effective safety system each step needs to link correctly with one another and then communicated and trained to the correct number of staff members. With this in mind one of the last steps before training is creating your safe work procedures and safe working instructions.
Being done correctly the procedures and instructions take into account all of the information you have collected, your risk assessments, your safety audits and the activities that are undertaken every day.
The safe work procedures and the safe work instructions are then created with one goal in mind and it is:
Carrying out an activity in the same way every time you do the activity ensuring the same outcome. The outcome is a safe and correct one.
when I have carried out the training on great procedures and instructions the follow up emergency fire drills have been effective and fluent, with the staff confident in the steps they were taking.
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Carrying out a fire drill is a South African law and shall be done a minimum of twice a year.
This is one of the laws I am happy that we have in South Africa as experience has shown me that even in practice situations people panic. The only wayyou minimize panic is to practice your procedures and hold comprehensive training.
When working with a couple hotels, we held a drill once a month for six months to improve skills and allow staff to get more comfortable with the emergency roles.
The results were great as each drill carried out on the audit showed a vast improvement and all personnel concerned were comfortable with their tasks.
There is no set acceptable time period to evacuate the building, it is very site specific and the safety consultant can advise you once the assessments have been carried out.
There are a number of things that need to be in place for an effective and safe evacuation. This information is gathered during the safety audit and shall be included in the audit report.
While facilitating a fire drill you shall look at how many people instinctively know where the evacuation routes and assembly points are, reaction time to evacuate the building, does everyone understand their roles, are people able to carry out their duties they have been assigned.
By checking the criteria above you are able to focus on what needs urgent attention and improvement so you can work towards an effective evacuating system.
Thank you for your time. Have a safe day