Emergency Procedure, Plans or Public Safety Information
Emergency building evacuation drills occur on a regular basis and are conducted by building management. When the fire alarm sounds, or if asked to evacuate by building management, all OBA employees Members and visitors, must leave the building immediately using the stairwells only. Once at the ground floor staff must exit the building via the 20 Toronto Street exit, cross to the other side of the street, and wait on Court Street, beside the restaurant, for further instructions.
Fire Wardens are assigned on each floor of the building occupied by the OBA. All full and part- time staff on the second floor, are trained on the proper evacuation processes. The Fire Wardens can be identified by the orange hats they are wearing and/or the bright vests identifying them as Fire Wardens. On the third floor, the Director of Human Resources & LCI and the Production Room Coordinator will lead any necessary evacuation process. In the absence of one or both, another Director will assume responsibility for the evacuation. All Directors will be trained on the evacuation processes. As in the case on the second floor, Fire Wardens will be easily identifiable as they will be wearing brightly coloured vests identifying them as Fire Wardens.
Conference Centre staff in particular, and all other staff members, shall, on a continuous basis, identify the presence of individuals with physical or other disabilities which may prevent or delay them from evacuating the building in the case of an emergency. Upon identification of such individuals being present in the OBA premises, staff shall notify the floor Fire Warden of their presence and provide whatever assistance is necessary to in order to ensure such individuals are properly notified of an emergency when one occurs, and are safely evacuated from the building, should an emergency require an evacuation.
In the event of an evacuation, a floor Fire Warden will report to building security that there is a person or persons requiring evacuation assistance and shall accompany building security personnel or to assist in escorting such persons out of the building. Individuals who are unable to evacuate the building using the stairwells will be escorted to the general-use elevator foyer and will use elevator number four (4) to gain access to the main floor and then exit the building. If the general-use elevators are not accessible/unsafe, individuals requiring evacuation assistance will be moved to the east stairwell where they will be evacuated by security personnel or firefighters. If the East stairwell is inaccessible/unsafe, the west stairwell will be used instead.
If the evacuation is due to a real emergency and it is, or becomes, necessary to evacuate beyond the Court Street sidewalk opposite the entrance to 20 Toronto Street, the “holding” location to which all staff should proceed is the sidewalk outside St. James Cathedral, on King Street East, just east of Church Street. Once at that location, a Director will provide additional information. Regardless of the time of day an evacuation occurs, staff may NOT to go home or leave either the Toronto Street or King Street evacuation holding points, before checking in with a Director and being directed to do so by a Director.
Emergency evacuation plans shall be available to any member of staff, volunteer or visitor to the OBA’s facilities, upon request and in a format accessible to the individual.