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Emergency Evacuation Policy and Procedure

Version 1.1 Updated 3 Jun 2022
Policy Manage

Who can use this policy

This policy can be used by all employers.


This is a general Policy and Procedure which sets out the broad obligations of employers and employees, agents and contractors, including temporary contractors (referred to as 'workplace participants') under Workplace Health and Safety legislation (the 'Legislation').

Compliance with this policy and procedure will assist the company in meeting its obligations under the relevant Legislation, associated Regulation and Codes of Practice.

Under the Legislation, the primary duty imposed on persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) is to eliminate or minimise, as far as is reasonably practicable, the risks to health and safety in the workplace. For the purposes of relevant Legislation, an employer is a PCBU and therefore bears primary responsibility where that responsibility is directed to a PCBU.

The policy and procedure might need to be modified to take account of: 

  • the nature of the hazards at the employer’s place of work;
  • the size and location of the place of work; and
  • the number, mobility and capability of workplace participants at the place of work.


The policy and procedure should be communicated to all workplace participants with regular reminders given. Workplace participants should be trained in the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency and these procedures should be tested.  Evacuation drills are a very important part of the training of workplace participants in emergency evacuation procedures.

The policy and procedure are for workplace participants generally and do not take into account the role of any designated fire wardens. Fire wardens should be covered by a separate emergency procedure which outlines their role and guides them in their duties (for example, checking toilets and other locations to ensure the building has been evacuated and ensuring that appropriate medical treatment is rendered to injured persons).

Important note to subscribers 

The commentaries and documents in Workplace are updated as necessary, to keep them relevant. You should familiarise yourself with the relevant commentary each time you create a document. 
This document has been drafted to suit a wide variety of businesses, with a number of options available to enable you to customise the document to better suit your business. Nevertheless, you may need to make other changes to the document so that it suits the specific needs of your business. If you make additional changes, we cannot guarantee that the changes and modifications you make to the document will be legally compliant or enforceable. 

This commentary and any additional information provided to assist you in creating this document, does not constitute legal advice. 

If you are unsure about any aspect of this document (including the changes or amendments you make to it), you should seek appropriate advice from a lawyer, skilled in these issues. You may also wish to consider contacting Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors for targeted advice on your business’s specific needs.
You should consult with your financial advisor in relation to any relevant taxation or financial issues concerning the document you create. 

After creating this document, you should read through it carefully to make sure it meets your business needs and is consistent with other industrial instruments, policies and procedures which operate in your workplace. This commentary is not designed to be provided to employees or other workplace participants.  

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