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Evacuation Coordinator

Introductory Information:

Participants will learn the legal requirements for evacuation and in-place sheltering. They will also learn how to recognize emergency conditions, how to report an emergency, and how to direct and assist other employees during different types of emergencies.

Main Topics Covered in this Course Include:

  • Requirements
  • Emergency Conditions
  • Assisting and Directing

Opening Remarks:

SafeResponse has developed this online training program for Evacuation Coordinators. This includes personnel who are responsible for directing and assisting employees during evacuations or in-place sheltering. Some of the examples used in the training program have been specifically developed for Ford Motor Company. These materials are included as examples only.


Certificates of completion can be printed by the participant once a 70% or greater score is achieved. The participant may take the quiz as many times as necessary in order to reach the 70% mark. A representative from your employer will have to sign the certificate in order to be complete. Your employer should not sign the certificate until you have participated in an evacuation drill In order to be certified, all participants must complete the required information on the registration form. Each participant must also complete the training on an individual basis. If you ask someone else to go through the program for you, you will not learn the information that will be necessary to protect your safety and the safety of others. This will also render your certificate null and void.

Thank you for your interest in this training program. For information on other programs related to emergency response, contact [email protected].

Legal Requirements:

This course is designed for employees who are responsible for directing and assisting employees in the event of a fire or other emergency. The course is designed for the following personnel:

  • Incident Commander (a person in charge of the overall evacuation)
  • Building Captain (a person, such as a Superintendent, in charge of a specific building or area within a facility)
  • Evacuation Coordinator (a person, such as a Supervisor, in charge of a specific number of employees within a facility)
  • Support Personnel (those who will assist Evacuation Coordinators in moving employees to safe areas)

Legal Requirements

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), as well as state and provincial requirements, an employer must develop a written Emergency Action Plan that describes evacuation procedures.

In addition, the employer must designate and train employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees. These requirements are listed in OSHA's standard on Emergency Action Plans, located at 29 Code of Federal Regulations, 1910.38.

Evacuation Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the employer is able to put the Emergency Action Plan in place in the event of an emergency. To assist in that effort, this course will discuss:

  • Company requirements for evacuation and in-place sheltering
  • Recognizing emergency conditions that will require evacuation or in-place sheltering
  • Assisting and directing employees during evacuation and in-place sheltering

Getting the Most out of the Program:

  1. Before you start the course, click on each section tab at the top of the introduction page. This will tell you how the course is organized.
  2. You do not need to complete the course in one session. Plan 20-minute blocks of time for each module.
  3. This course should take (on average) 3 hours to complete. Use this number if you are required to track time spent during training.
  4. Use the "Stop" link on the left hand side of the page to mark your place before leaving the course. When restarting a session, it will be helpful to back track to the end of the previous module to review the summary before you start the new module.
  5. You should try to complete an entire module before ending your session. Also, if you experience computer problems during your session, you have to start your current module over again when you return.
  6. Each of the modules of the course has a summary and questions at the end. Completing each of these questions will reinforce what you have learned.
  7. At the end of the course, you will have to take a short quiz. In order to receive a certificate, you will have to get a minimum score of 70%. Certificates of completion can be printed by the participant once the 70% or greater score is achieved. The participant may take the quiz as many times as necessary in order to reach the 70% mark. You will also have to participate in an evacuation drill. Participating in the drill will ensure that you have learned how to perform as an Evacuation Coordinator.
  8. Many of the questions in the quiz are based on information that appears in the pop-up boxes that occur throughout the course. You will get a better score if you click on any words or phrases that are highlighted in blue.
  9. Finally, on-line learning is based on content and learner responsibility. As a learner, you have even more responsibility when taking this course. If you skip a section or fail to review all the material, it could result in an injury to you, a fellow employee, or a visitor to your facility. For this reason, we urge you to get as much out of this course as you can.