In accordance with the Australian Standard 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, an evacuation diagram is defined as a pictorial representation of a floor area and other relevant emergency response information.

The Standard stipulates that Evacuation Diagrams shall be displayed in locations where occupants and visitors are able to view the diagrams. The location within the facility and number of evacuation diagrams shall be determined by the EPC.

The evacuation diagram should be positioned within a zone at a height not less than 1200 mm and not more than 1600 mm above the plane of the finished floor.

Workplace Emergency Management recommend that where possible the evacuation diagrams are located in the vicinity of designated emergency exits and/or in high traffic common areas where visitors and occupants will have easy and regular access to them. Emergency Management professionals can inspect and recommend where the diagrams and exits should be.

All diagrams should have the right orientation reflecting a view of the facility as it is from where the person viewing it is standing with a “YOU ARE HERE” indicator. It should also display required icons and a legend indicating what every icon means. Every copy of the diagram should include a validity date, the route to the nearest assembly area and cross streets (if applicable).

Our team at Workplace Emergency Management has over 15 years’ experience in training for emergencies, developing emergency plans and evacuation diagrams. The consultant will also liaise with the Emergency Planning Committee, research required emergency information for the Evacuation Diagrams and prepare a checklist/questions for the onsite visit.

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