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Additional training and the appointment of evacuation helpers is generally not expedient

A company management must take measures that are necessary for the safe and orderly evacuation of employees. Before using a building, it must be planned how all people present can be alerted immediately in an emergency so that they can then safely leave the building.

Evacuation measures usually result from a risk assessment. The measures must be made known to every person present in the company, for example in an evacuation plan. Therefore, the additional training and appointment of evacuation helpers in the company is usually not expedient. Of course, employers have to think about evacuation in their companies, just like they have to take first aid and fire protection measures. Employers must ensure that in an emergency all persons in the business premises are alerted immediately. It must be ensured that all persons are aware of the escape and rescue routes to the assembly point and they must know how to get to a secured area quickly.

A paid training is not necessary

Employees can be assigned special tasks in the event of an evacuation to ensure a regular evacuation process in larger buildings. This also applies to buildings with visitors who are unfamiliar with the location. The employees entrusted with special evacuation tasks are often referred to as evacuation assistants or evacuation assistants in everyday operations. They are usually assigned special tasks as part of a briefing; special training is usually not required for this.

The VBG recommends that the evacuation process be specifically trained as part of operational instruction. It is also useful to name a few employees who will give instructions on elevators and stairs in an emergency. With every evacuation it must also be clarified whether, for example, customers, visitors and employees who are dependent on help need support. This help must also be ensured. But: As a rule, all of this can be done without special paid training as so-called evacuation helpers.