V. EVACUATION PLAN
IF YOU MUST EVACUATE THE BUILDING:
- This plan becomes
operational upon the activation of a fire alarm anywhere within the Chemistry
- Each floor in
each of the five wings of the Chemistry Building Complex has two assigned
Floor Monitors and one Personnel Coordinator. It is the Floor Monitor's responsibility
to insure that all occupants of the floor have heard the alarm or notice to
evacuate and understand that evacuation is required. The Floor Monitor will
perform a quick, thorough search of the floor to determine if the cause for
alarm originated from that floor. It is the Personnel Coordinator's responsibility
to compile a listing of all occupants of that floor. Also, if a physical handicap
limits the ability of a building occupant to evacuate quickly and safely,
the Personnel Coordinator and Floor Monitor should be notified so alternative
plans can be made.
- When an alarm
sounds, or the Floor Monitors announce that an evacuation is in progress,
all personnel must begin evacuation at once.
- As you leave the
laboratory or office, check quickly to determine if all co-workers have started
to evacuate. Check any side rooms, walk-in fume hoods and other isolated work
areas where personnel may be unaware of the order to evacuate. The last person
out should close, but not lock the door to the laboratory or office.
- Remember to take
any valuable personal items, such as purses, wallets and keys.
- All personnel
must familiarize themselves with the most rapid means of escape from their
laboratory or office. Evacuation maps are posted in all hallways and are attached
(Charts 2-7) to this document.
- An alternative
means of escape should also be noted for those emergencies where the first
exit is blocked or rendered impassable.
- Never use the
elevators if a fire situation exists; take the stairs instead.
- Once you have
evacuated the building, it is imperative that you go immediately to your assigned
Assembly Area and check in with the Personnel Coordinator. Regardless of where
you may be in the building, or which exit you use during an evacuation, make
sure you return to your assigned Assembly Area. If you do not check in, rescue
personnel will be unsure as to whether or not you have evacuated safely. Assembly
Areas for each wing are indicated on the floor maps, please familiarize yourself
with the location where you must check in.
- It is understood
that some equipment, instrumentation and reactions cannot be left unattended.
Emergency shutdown procedures specific to each laboratory must be developed
in advance, and, at the notice of evacuation, these procedures must be put
into action immediately. The person or persons responsible for these shutdown
procedures must notify, in advance, the Floor Monitors and Personnel Coordinator
for their area of their shutdown responsibility. These persons may remain
in the laboratory only as long as it takes to secure the area. When this is
accomplished, these persons must report to the Assembly Area and notify the
Personnel Coordinator that they have evacuated safely.
- All personnel
must remain outside the building until the Personnel Coordinators receive
word from the Scene Manager that "no danger" exists.