A Safety Warden should be someone who is reliable, respected by the other employees within your firm, and capable of providing guidance in the event of a fire or other emergency. This individual should rarely travel and be familiar with the names and faces of all employees in your office. The office manager or personnel manager, or both depending on the size of your firm, would probably be good candidates for Safety Warden.
One (1) Safety Warden should be assigned for every 7,500 square feet of occupied space. You should also select one Deputy Warden for every Safety Warden assigned. In addition to Safety Wardens and Deputy Wardens, you should also appoint one male and one female Evacuation Facilitator who should be responsible for verifying that no one is in the restroom on each floor.
The Safety Warden is responsible for the development and implementation of your company’s fire safety program. This program would include development of evacuation plans, assignment of fire-fighting responsibilities, training of employees in emergency response procedures, and practice of emergency procedures. The Safety Warden is assisted by Deputy Wardens and Evacuation Facilitators.
In the event of a fire or other emergency, this individual is in charge of the situation until Building Management and/or emergency personnel arrive. The Safety Warden may also be responsible for coordinating the evacuation of your space depending on the severity of the situation and the availability of other safety personnel.
The Safety Warden will also be a key contact for the Management Office in case of power failures, medical emergencies, or other emergency situations.