The purpose and the objectives of any fire evacuation drill include:
- To identify any weaknesses in the evacuation strategy
- To test the procedure following any recent alteration or changes to working practices
- To familiarise new occupants with procedures
- To test the arrangements for disabled people
- To identifying weaknesses in emergency communications procedures and systems
- To identifying positive and negative reactions of staff with designated responsibilities
Such as Fire Evacuation Marshals,
Who Should Take Part – the evacuation should be for all occupants of the building Except those who may need to ensure the security of the premises, or people who, on a risk-assessed basis, are required to remain with particular equipment or processes that Cannot be closed down.
As Perseverance Works consist of several buildings on the same site we with deal one building at a time over an appropriate period unless the emergency procedure dictates otherwise.
The Head of Department should nominate a suitable person such as the Department Safety Officer (DSO), Building or Facilities Manager to organises & supervise the fire drill. Generally, the drills should not take any longer than 10 -15 minutes or so complete and provide minimum disruption.
The Heads of Departments are reminded that they must have a procedure in place to Evacuate disabled people. UCL Safety Services will be able to recommend specific Equipment such as evacuation chairs, special lifts and the use of safe refuge areas, which will all depend upon the layout of the individual building and the special requirements of its occupants.
The evacuation assembly point is in the courtyard away from the evacuated building
For further information, please download The Fire Safety Technical Guide