In the event of an emergency or disaster striking, you want to be prepared. This includes being prepared to be forced out at work when your company’s location becomes unsafe due to any number of events that could take place. Natural disasters (like forest fires and floods) chemical spills, gas leaks, civil disturbances, or explosions are all on the list of potential disasters Canadian businesses need to be ready for. When it comes to workplace emergencies and evacuations, having a plan in place is crucial.
A public address and general alarm Solution (PA/GA) is a critical part of any workplace emergency plan. This system ensures important, and even lifesaving, announcements and warnings are heard by employees in the event of an emergency or evacuation. It is important to understand how the PA/GA system works, and how to best utilize it in case of an emergency.
A Tridon Communications PA/GA solution will help you and your employees stay safe in the event of an emergency or evacuation. To learn more about how this system can help you prepare for workplace emergencies and evacuations (and react quickly when they happen), contact us today to speak with a Tridon representative.
What is a PA/GA System?
In the event of an emergency or evacuation, it’s important to be able to communicate with employees quickly and effectively. Emergencies can happen at any time, and if you don’t have a plan in place for communicating with employees, things can get chaotic very quickly.
A PA/GA (Public Address/General Alarm) system consists of two parts: the public address (PA) system and the general alarm (GA) system. The PA system is used for transmitting voice messages, while the GA system is used for transmitting warning signals. The PA/GA system can be used to provide announcements and warnings to employees in the event of an emergency or evacuation.
Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations
Disasters or emergencies can cause panic and chaos, so it’s important to have a plan in place before they happen.
To effectively use the PA/GA system in an emergency, it is important to plan ahead. Here are some tips for planning for workplace emergencies and evacuations:
- Know the layout of your workplace and identify evacuation routes: Make sure you know the layout of your business and ascertain your evacuation paths. You may need them at any time.
- Familiarize yourself with the PA/GA system and how to use it: The Public Address and General Alarm system is a powerful tool that you can use to make your business safer. It should be used as an emergency measure, such as fire alarms, chemical leaks, bomb threats; however, it’s also good practice (and essential knowledge) to know how each part of this equipment works in case there are issues with during normal operation. It’s equally important that you know the threat that each alarm indicates. That allows your team to respond appropriately to the threat.
- Plan and practice emergency evacuation drills: Make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your company’s emergency evacuation. These drills should be practiced regularly and can help keep everyone calm in case of an unexpected disaster or crisis.
- Make sure employees know what to do in case of an emergency or evacuation: To ensure that your employees are prepared for an emergency or evacuation, it’s important they know how to react in case of one. You can create a manual with instructions on what needs to be done during different types of emergencies like power outages and natural disasters.
- Have a backup plan in case of an emergency or evacuation: To be safe, you should always have a backup plan. This could include things such as alternate evacuation routes and emergency exits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and guidance on how to shelter in place.
Our PA/GA systems are easy to use and can be customized to meet your specific needs. They are also backed by a team of experts who are available 24/7 to help you get up and running quickly.
Contact Tridon Communications Today
Incidents can range from simple to complicated, but an emergency action plan will help you deal with any situation that may arise. When developing your workplace’s safety procedures and policies, it is important to take into consideration all potential sources of emergencies, so the system is tailored specifically to your business. This includes hazards such as weather disasters as well as those directly related work activities, like a chemical spill. With our PA/GA systems, you can create an emergency plan that will help keep your employees safe in the event of any emergency. Contact Tridon Communications for more information on our PA/GA systems.