Fact Sheet 11: Employer to Provide for Emergencies

What this means for you

Under Clause 17 of the OHS Regs, all employers must provide for emergencies.

What this means in practice:

The employer must make sure that if there is an emergency they have already made arrangements for:


  • Safe and rapid evacuation of all people from the place of work.
  • Emergency communication procedures, eg. a loudspeaker system announcing evacuation procedures and designated communicators responsible for a group of workers. This information would also be communicated prior to any emergencies during rehearsals, such as fire drills)
  • Appropriate medical treatment for people that are injured.

Evacuation procedures:

In preparing for evacuation procedures the employer must take into account the nature and hazards at the workplace, e.g. size and location e.g. how high up or a ship in the middle of an ocean.

The evacuation plan needs to take into account:

  • How many people are in the building.
  • Whether there are any restrictions on movement, ie. People with disabilities or confined to wheelchairs.

If it is a fixed place of work the employer must make sure:


  • They can shut things down.
  • There is full evacuation of the workplace.
  • Evacuation procedures are displayed, i.e. in a foyer, near a lift or key exists.
  • That people are trained in emergency evacuation procedures and using onsite fire equipment.

Examples: Emergencies for which an employer must provide include fires, bomb scares, chemical spills and terrorist attacks.

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