OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 7 Emergency Preparedness and Response

Section 117 Rescue and evacuation workers

This section defines the scope of the training required by workers assigned to provide rescue or evacuation services. The emergency response training must be appropriate to the work site and the potential emergencies identified in the emergency response plan. The training of designated rescue and emergency workers must include drill exercises that simulate the emergency response required.

In a simple situation where fire is the only emergency requiring evacuation (based on the hazard assessment of the work site) a fire warden should be assigned by the employer to coordinate the evacuation. The employer must provide training or instruction to the fire warden on how to coordinate the evacuation, including during fire drill practices.