As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that all persons in your workplace are evacuated safely in case of emergency. There must be a responsible person nominated to be in charge of evacuation; this should be somebody in management.
This responsible person:
Should be known by all members of staff as the person from whom to take orders in case of emergency.
Can give jobs to a certain number of people to help implement emergency procedures
Should be in charge of putting evacuation procedures into place for disabled persons.
Evacuation chairs are useful to have in buildings of more than one storey to ensure easy and safe evacuation for disabled persons. They can be used on almost all types of staircase. The use of the chair should be covered in training to evacuate as quickly as possible.
Evacuation drills should take place 6 monthly to ensure that all staff members know how to get out of the building in case of emergency and where they should go once they have left the premises.