Eaton publishes White Papers designed to assist businesses in enhancing evacuation strategies

Eaton has launched a series of White Papers examining the issues that surround effective evacuation planning for commercial buildings. The five documents are designed to guide the owners and managers of buildings through the legal, moral and commercial imperatives to maximise the safety of occupants in an emergency, as well as helping to protect property, assets and business continuity.

Taking proactive steps to ensure safe evacuations is one of the most important responsibilities of commercial property owners and managers. They’re obliged to take multiple risk scenarios into account and respond by introducing appropriate planning, training and technologies.

However, Eaton contends that too many businesses take safety for granted and is now seeking to raise awareness.

“In our experience, most businesses occupying or managing a building are aware of their legal obligation to ensure the safety of people in the building, which also includes the safe evacuation of any person within that building in the event of an emergency,” said John Robb, commercial buildings segment leader at Eaton.

“Despite this, too many businesses still take their safety for granted. At a time when the breadth and severity of risks are expanding, along with the legal, financial and reputational consequences of failure, we feel duty bound to help professionals understand and navigate this complicated landscape.”

According to figures issued by the Association of British Insurers, the cost of commercial fire damage in the UK was around £1.7 million per day in 2012. At the same time, it’s estimated that over one third of businesses never resume operations in the wake of a major fire.

Increasing urbanisation, the proliferation of warehouse buildings, an ageing population, reputational sensitivity and contemporary threats such as civil unrest, terrorism and extreme weather are all cited as reasons why evacuation planning must be prioritised.

Five key topics addressed

The new White Papers cover the following five key topics:

*Trends in Commercial Commercial Property and The Future of Safe Evacuation

*Protecting Your People – Regulations and Legal Obligations

*The Impact of Fire and Other Emergencies

*Minimising Risks

*Business Continuity and Reputation

Offering a comprehensive overview of evacuation planning, the White Papers include the latest statistics on fire and other evacuation triggers. They also encompass details of local and international regulations, the changing nature and psychology of risk, advice on selecting and installing equipment, how to conduct formal risk assessments and a look ahead to the safety systems of the future.

Additionally, highly relevant Case Studies from the UK, Europe and US are woven into the mix.

As a business, Eaton offers a wide range of fully-compliant equipment to enhance safety in buildings, including fire detection and notification systems, PA and voice alarms, communication devices, emergency lighting, illuminated exit signs and security systems.

In addition, the business provides guidance, advice and CPD training to support both sector contractors and end user customers on an ongoing basis.

*The new White Papers can be downloaded at:

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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