Fire and Life Safety Program

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Unformatted text preview: ystems (See “Fire Protection System Impairment Procedures,” page 45, above) Emergency Coordinator responsibilities include: • • • • • • Preparation and maintenance of Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety Plans Appointment of floor or section fire wardens (sometimes called floor captains or floor fire marshals) and/or alternate Emergency Coordinator(s) Training of employees in Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety Plans Scheduling, conducting and record keeping for required Fire Drills Communicating with personnel who have mobility impairments regarding evacuation options, places of refuge, evacuation assistants, and other pertinent evacuation issues The Emergency Coordinator can have other duties, such as daily policing the means of egress to prevent or remove obstructions, ensuring that all fire doors close and latch automatically, making sure that good housekeeping practices are in effect, and generally ensuring that fire safety practices are being followed Emergency Evacuation Planning No one expects an emergency or disaster to affect him or her—or the workplace. Yet the truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens employees, residents, customers, and visitors; disrupts or shuts down part or all of a workplace or building; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or manmade and include any of the following: • • • • Floods Hurricanes Tornadoes Fires $ FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PROGRAM • • • • • • Toxic gas releases Chemical spills Radiological accidents Explosions Civil disturbances Workplace violence resulting in bodily harm and trauma An Emergency Evacuation Plan details the actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies. Your emergency action plan should be comprehensive and address all issues specific to you and your building operations that may arise during an emergency, as well as the conditions of your worksite (e.g., are there extraordinary hazards present, does your building have...
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