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Meaning Of Assembly Point :

Assembly point is an location , where the workers will assemble , once they have evacuated the premises during emergency. 

Why Assembly Point is required :

  • To ensure that the "Total place of safety" is available to escape from the emergency for example : Fire 
  • Prepared and communicated assembly points ensure , the people in the premises will not confuse , panic in case of  emergency.
  • The assembly points allows that the roll call is made to ensure all the persons are evacuated and to identify any missing person at risk (Inside the building)
  • It's an legal requirement.

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Selecting an safe assembly points are not easier , If your escape routes & assembly points are not selected correctly , its worthless to invest your amount to protect the people .

Evacuation of People is an important element exist in emergency management systems, If you are interested and curious to learn more about safe assembly points requirements this guide is for you!

1.Consider the No Of Occupants :

For selecting an safe assembly points , before anything its important to consider the potential number of occupants in the building , to decide the space required to hold them without risk .

2.Consider the Space :

To decide the assembly points , Its important to look at the space required to hold the occupants , the poorly designed and congested space will create a risk through confusions and consequently the peoples are less likely to remain there.

3.Safe Distance from the Building : 

The assembly points we decide , should be in a safe distance from the building , to avoid the risks from radiant heat, fire spread , risk of building collapse etc.

Your local government standards may offer some information's on recommended safe distance from the building.  

4.Is It Safe :

Assembly points are the location , where the people escapes from a certain risk during emergency , so its important to ensure , that the location is free from other risk factors such as , 

  • Heavy traffic 
  • Nearby Industrial outlets such as exhaust
  • Movements of pedestrians etc.

5.Can we Escape :

Before confirm the assembly points , ask the question yourself , that 

Can we escape , from the assembly points , during the risk of fire spread or risk of building collapse.

Remember : The assembly points should not be an enclosed area or room , It should be a space where further escapes are possible.

6.Doe's It Obstruct :

Most of the times , the common mistakes the people will do is that , locate a assembly points in a place , where the fire brigade and emergency services may enter, 

Remember , Locating a assembly points in a entry of emergency services will create a risk of collapse with vehicles , confusions , also will reduce the effective assistance to mitigate the emergency.

7.Check for special features needed ? 

If your industry accommodate the physically challenged persons such as mobility impaired (wheel chair users) , it is important to consider the special features required to accommodate them  such as shelters. 

Also consider : How the Mobility impaired & other physically challenged persons will gain access to the assembly points .

8.Avoid locating near High risk area :

It's common and everyone knows , locating the assembly points near the high risk areas such as flammable storage tanks will not be effective and even will lead to fatality through primary and secondary explosions.

So It is important to locate the assembly points away from the high risk areas. 

9.Doe's It Visible :

It's meaningless to provide assembly points without the provisions to illuminate it , so once again check that the assembly points are illuminated with primary and secondary lighting sources , 

It's important if your company operates during night. 

10.Is it signed :

Check that your assembly points are clearly signed with the standard signs, are clearly illuminated . 

Remember the signs must contain the pictographs to overcome the literacy barriers . 

what does the assembly point sign mean ?

Here i have Given you the sample sign , which can Give you the clear Idea , 

Safe assembly point signs are also called as fire assembly signs , safe condition signs etc. 

But the Concept is that It should be in a 

  • Rectangular shape 
  • Green background 
  • White letters and pictograph 
Also remember the safe assembly point signs needs to be located in a sight line , and easily visible locations . 

If require the Number of safe assembly points signs must be provided to indicate clearly to the occupants.

11.Communicate the workforce :

Once the assembly points locations are decided , communicate the workforce through different means of communication methods such as through instructions , training , induction meetings , graphical signs etc . 

Ensure the new employees and visitors are informed the measures to be taken during emergencies.

12.Remember the Limitations :

Each and every safety features are holding their own limitations such as , 

  • The assembly points are not safe , if it is poorly selected 
  • The safe assembly Points signs are not a effective media to communicate , if it is poorly located and provided without any pictographs, 
  • The Employees only knew the emergency escapes and assembly points, so the special measures for the non employees and visitors should be selected 

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