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Emergency Evacuation Plan

Definition - What does Emergency Evacuation Plan mean?

According to OSHA regulations, every workplace must have a formal evacuation plan that can be implemented in cases of fires or other disasters. Such a document should include specifications for alarm systems, detailed evacuation maps, emergency lighting and a training plan that ensures that all employees are familiar with and are able to play their part in an emergency evacuation. Once employees are properly informed and trained, emergency drills should be carried out, allowing for evaluation of the effectiveness of the plan and the accompanying staff training program.

Safeopedia explains Emergency Evacuation Plan

Fire is the most common disaster to which an emergency evacuation plan is applied, but such a plan should cover all possible reasons for evacuation including bomb threats, chemical spills, tornadoes or even earthquakes. The emergency evacuation plan strives to create a method by which employees can leave the site quickly and calmly, thereby minimizing the risk of possible injury. Since constant disaster readiness is essential, all employees should be informed, trained and put through evacuation drills in order to ensure that the process will proceed smoothly in the event of a genuine emergency. Any emergency evacuation plan must be designed to comply fully with relevant OSHA requirements and regulations.

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