The muster area is a critical space in any organization where employees gather during emergencies such as fire drills or actual evacuation situations. Ensuring safety in the muster area is paramount to the well-being of everyone involved during emergency. This article explores some effective Ways of Ensuring Safety in the Muster Area, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and organized procedures.
It is mostly said that muster point is the safest location or point during an emergency, so when a place of solace turns to a den of risk, it is something we should be worry about.
10 Ways of Ensuring Safety in the Muster Area
- Must have a safe capacity: You must not jampacked people in the muster point, this must be considered during the situation of a muster point. One of the things to consider when situating a muster point is the number of employees who will seek solace there in case of emergency. Overcrowding could result to transmission of communicable disease, poor ventilation resulting to fainting, poor air quality, etc. So one way to ensure safety in the muster point is to ensure that the space is large enough to accommodate everyone. Note that you can have more than one muster point in an organization depending on your employees strength.
2. The muster area must be free from additional hazard: You cannot take employees away from fire emergency and place them in an environment concentrated with Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide here serves as an additional hazard; so if the fire didn’t kill the employee, the Carbon monoxide will. So a muster area must be free of any additional hazard.
3. There must be proper signage within the muster area: Since everyone feels the muster point is 100% safe, they may be careless over somethings. Incase there is an additional hazard within the area, proper signage should help the employees spot it and also tell them what to do. But generally, as much as possible avoid housing additional hazard within the muster area.
4. Make provision for sits as far as possible: This may be debatable, but there are situations where employees may have to spend longer time within the muster point and they are not expected to be standing all through. Do not forget that prolonged standing can cause blood pooling to the leg region resulting to fainting. So as must as possible, make sits available in the muster point.
5. Communication: Every necessary safety information to ensure safety of employees in the space should be given. Someone should be assign to address every employee as they step into the muster area. Know that there could be panic actions or move if not properly briefed, to to calm nerves and prevent exposure to more risk there must be proper communication within the muster area.
6. Segregation where necessary: A particular location may not be safe for all employees, employees with some health challenge should know the exact muster point designed for them based on the peculiarity of their challenge. They should get to know this during their induction or during emergency drills.
7. Lighting and Ventilation: If the muster point is an enclose location, lighting and ventilation must be prioritized. This is important because quality air and adequate light contribute to the prevention of certain diseases, such as tuberculosis, and also get rid of carbon dioxide and bad odour.
In conclusion, Ways of Ensuring Safety in the Muster Area are not limited to what is in this article. Every organization is expected to carry out risk assessment to know the hazard and risks associated with their activities and services and then proffer the best action that will be help mitigate the risks.