Emergencies at workplaces usually relate to fires, leaks, chemical spills, explosions, bomb threats, violent threat (such as robbery), or sometimes natural disasters such as cyclones or floods in certain parts of Australia. All workplaces must have a documented evacuation procedure, which has been communicated to all workers, including contractors and labour hire workers. Practice drills must be held at appropriate intervals to ensure evacuation procedures can be carried out smoothly.

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Climate change debate aside, many populated areas of Australia have been drastically affected by natural disasters including bushfires, cyclones and flood. As a result, many businesses may find themselves having to deal with interruptions caused by natural disasters. Read more