Types Of Emergency That May Require Evacuation Of Workers & The Importance Of Developing Emergency Procedure

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  • Identify three types of emergency in the workplace that may require the evacuation of workers.
  • Explain why it’s important to develop emergency procedures in the workplaces.

Part (a)

Three types of emergency in the workplace that could lead to the need to evacuate the workers are:



  • Fire or explosion,
  • The accidental release of toxic chemicals or gases, transport incidents, bomb alerts or
  • Other terrorist activities, weather related emergencies and earthquakes.

Part (b)

Importance of developing emergency procedures in the workplaces are:

  • To comply with legal requirements;
  • To be prepared for foreseeable emergencies;
  • To ensure the safety and protection of the workers including those dealing with the emergency,
  • To assist the safe evacuation of persons including those with specific needs such as visitors and the disabled;



  • To provide information on the action to be taken, not only by workers but also by neighbours and others who might be affected by the emergencies such as in a shared or joint occupancy premises;
  • To allocate specific responsibilities to certain workers in the event of an evacuation being necessary;
  • To be able to mitigate the effects of adverse events and to restore the situation to normal;
  • To ensure the procedures are made available to any relevant emergency services & to ensure business continuity.

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