The Australian Standard A.S. 3745 – 2010, planning for emergencies in facilities provides guidance on emergency responses and the frequency of fire drills. The objective of this Standard is to enhance the safety of people in facilities, by providing a framework for emergency planning, utilizing the built facilities as appropriate.
The objective of this revision is to make a greater distinction between emergency plans and emergency/evacuation procedures. It also includes expanded and revised sections on —
(a) developing the emergency plan;
(b) the duties of the emergency planning committee and emergency control
(c) provisions for occupants with a disability;
(d) education and training; and
(e) guidance on how to determine the size of the emergency control organization.
Emergencies in a workplace might take several forms and consideration should be given to the categorising of those emergencies.
The Australian standard 3745 – 2010 is a standard for grouping emergencies and colour coding them,
The colours used are instantly recognized and a response can be determined based on the category the colour represents.
A risk register and risk assessment of the hazards and risk associated with your workplace’s emergencies would also be of benefit in categorising the types of workplace emergencies.