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NJ CAR Safety Tip: Emergency Evacuation Planning

Feb 10, 2016

NJ CAR is committed to helping dealers develop a workplace safety culture that becomes second nature. Don’t wait until an accident happens to focus on safety. Reduce the chance of injury and protect your bottom line with simple, common-sense changes.

There may come a time in your workday when you must evacuate because of an emergency. Before an emergency situation, it’s best to prepare ahead of time so you can act fast and evacuate safely.

Here are some general guidelines that will help:

•Create an emergency evacuation plan, and review it periodically with employees. Make sure employees fully understand all evacuation protocols.•Everyone should know a pathway to at least two exits in every area of the workplace. Schedule evacuation drills to help prepare.•Employees should familiarize themselves with the pathway between their workspace and the exit so they can escape in the dark. (Emergency lights, backup generators and flashlights can also aid in safe evacuation during a power outage.)•Employees must be able to recognize the sound or signal of fire and evacuation alarms. Sound alarms during evacuation drills.•Designate employees that know who to contact in an emergency and its aftermath.•Employees should be instructed to report any damaged or malfunctioning safety systems to their supervisor, immediately.

For more information on NJ CAR Workers’ Compensation Program and its Zero Injury Program, please contact Charles Russo, NJ CAR’s Risk Manager & Safety Specialist, at 609.883.5056, Ext. 314, or via email to [email protected].