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CR Members can be prepared in the event of a fire by developing an effective emergency plan. Are you prepared in your work place?
Emergency plans are often designed around response to fire because a fire can develop rapidly and threaten many people in a matter of minutes. In most workplaces, fire is likely to be the most challenging emergency that can be reasonably expected.
2013 has already seen devastating bushfires in Tasmania and NSW. Unfortunately bush fires are a natural part of the Australian environment and occur regularly, but many people fail to prepare for them.
Here are some basic questions you can ask to assess your bushfire risk.
Note the word ‘bushland’ doesn’t just mean trees or forest; it also means areas such as scrub, grassland, crops, woodland and farmland. Are your offices within a couple of streets of bushland? Does your local area have a history of bush fires? Do you have many trees and shrubs around your office? If you need to leave the office, do you need to travel through bush land? Is your Bush Fire Survival Plan more than a year old?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you and your colleagues may be at risk in the event of a fire. Click here for the Rural Fire Service’s Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Conforming to guidelines set in the Australian Standards AS3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, is the Alsco Managed Training System. Alsco’s Managed Training Services offer a complete training package with;
• Workplace Emergency Survey;
• Emergency Evacuation Resource;
• First Class Training Experience;
• Secure online database to view participant results, training projections and expiry dates;
• Email alerts when refresher is due to take place;
• Courses conducted on your premises or at a convenient training venue.
Under the model Work Health and Safety Act, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) have a duty of care to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health and safety for their workers, customers and visitors by eliminating or minimising risks at the workplace.
A fire in the workplace can result in injuries, fatality, loss of property and prolonged loss of revenue. The risk of a fire in the work place is a serious concern and adequate preparation is needed to minimise any impact if a fire was to occur. The safety of occupants at the time of the fire is of utmost concern.
Alsco also offers further Training Courses, these are:
• Apply First Aid Workplace Level;
• Apply First Aid Recertification;
• Perform CPR and CPR Certification; and
• Operate an Automated External Defibrillator.