It is essential for all businesses and community groups to be prepared for possible events that would need an emergency response. For workplaces, clubs, entertainment venues and other places where people gather, the person responsible for safety needs to assess the risks and plan accordingly.
Australian Standards require all operators of a facility to plan for emergencies and have people trained in safe evacuation of a building or area. Training in the use of extinguishers can prevent small fires from becoming a much larger problem. In high risk industries and certain legal settings, testing for alcohol or drugs of abuse is an important safety consideration. Workers who are likely to encounter people in stressful and potentially volatile situations would benefit greatly from training in situational awareness, which would also assist the employer in meeting their duty of care to staff.