An employer may use this policy to assign a framework of response relating to a fire emergency or necessary workplace evacuation, as well as to designate the frequency of drills and other methods to test the procedures. A Fire and Evacuation policy offers the essential information required for life saving actions during an emergency and helps reduce the time needed to depart safely from the building, and should include aspects of fire response, such as location and use of fire extinguishers.
An employer may use this policy to assist the company in facilitating and organizing employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Emergency procedures are a legal requirement, as well as a business necessity. When well crafted and properly conveyed to employees, emergency procedures help reduce confusion in crisis situations, and improve the workplace response to foreseeable events.
An employer may use this policy to instill procedures to help ensure employees respond calmly and appropriately in the event of a bomb threat. Employers can incorporate proactive security measures within the policy, such as requiring maintenance or security personnel to conduct routine checks of critical areas of the facility to assure that unauthorized personnel are not gaining access to the building.
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