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Emergency Assembly Areas

In the event of a fire or other emergency which calls for the evacuation of a building, there needs to be a designated area where the people coming out of the building can assemble. These assembly points need to have a number of characteristics:

Firstly, they must be located at a suitable distance away from the premises that has just been evacuated. This is because the issue that is the cause of the incident and brought about the need to evacuate is almost certain to still be a danger to people if they are stood right next to the building, e.g. a fire, an explosion or a poisonous gas leak. It is also important to ensure that the location of the assembly site or sites is not in the way and causing an obstruction to the emergency services, as the additional time required for them to fight their way through a crowd could make a significant difference to the amount of damage to property or people that is subsequently caused.

The assembly areas need to be clearly signposted so that not only is it obvious where people are supposed to gather, but it should also prevent others from obstructing the area by parking in it or dumping items there. Even though there should be clear signs, workers will also need to be informed of their location when they are provided with the health and safety training element of their induction. Additionally, there needs to be a suitable number of assembly points to accommodate the number of people that will be gathering there.

It is important that evacuations and other elements of health and safety are carefully planned before an incident takes place. This is because mistakes are likely to be made and extra time needed to evacuate if it is being made up in the midst of an incident taking place. This forward planning should determine things such as who is responsible for conducting fire sweeps of certain areas of the building to ensure everybody has gotten out, who is tasked with performing a roll call at each assembly point, and who is to brief the emergency services on what is happening/has happened. There also needs to be provisions made for anyone who may require assistance in evacuating the building or reaching the assembly area.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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