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
*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: eatonworksafe.com