This online safety training course is designed for plant managers, supervisors, and other employees designated as emergency evacuation coordinators who need to understand the process for preparing a facility for the safe evacuation of employees. By the end of the training session, participants will be able to set up and maintain exit routes, implement the requirements of the facility Emergency Action Plan, recognize alarm signals, and, implement evacuation procedures.
Why “Exit Routes—Supervisors” Matters:
An “exit route” is a continuous and unobstructed way of exit travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way. The key words here are “continuous” and “unobstructed.” In later slides, we will look at the importance of making sure that workers can easily escape by making the way of exit clear and easy to follow in an emergency.
The exit route consists of three basic parts, which are composed of both vertical and horizontal ways of travel.
The “access to the exit” refers to how employees will travel from their workstation to the exit door. Workers may need to go down hallways, passageways, corridors, open aisle ways, stairwells, through doorways, or lobbies until the exit door is reached.
The “exit” is the actual door that leads out of the structure. We will go over how this door needs to be clearly marked and how it must open easily.
The “way of exit discharge” refers to where the exit door actually leads. The door may lead out to a parking lot, sidewalk, busy alley, or outdoor courtyard.
- Know the location of your exit routes.
- Keep exit routes clear of obstructions.
- Keep exit signs clearly visible.
- Recognize alarm signals.
- Conduct evacuation drills to ensure all employees know how to exit the facility safely.