Getting In and Getting Out

Getting in and out of buildings and work sites is so commonplace we don’t give it a second thought, but we should – many people get injured doing exactly that!

Before going into an area, we all need to be aware of what hazards we may face both at the opening itself and on the other side.

Your employer must think about the access and exits to your workplace and the following questions should be addressed:

  • are all entrances and exits for workers, visitors and vehicles clearly identified?
  • are they well lit, maintained and staffed, if necessary?
  • are they suitable for their users?
  • are they safe under foot?
  • have they thought about emergency situations, when entrance and exit routes might change?

Your employer will ensure that entrances and exits are maintained in good condition by including them in regular inspections.  You are responsible for reporting any issues affecting these entrances and exits immediately to your employer, particularly if they are an emergency exit.