Emergency Procedures and Security
Staff members are a vital part of the team in handling any emergency. Following are
some actions you can take to ensure your safety, the safety of your colleagues and
patients, residents and visitors.
Read the Emergency Manual on a Regular Basis
There are Emergency Manuals located in all departments or units across all sites of the
health centre that contain important information on:
Fire safety procedures;
Disaster plan for internal and external situations; and
Hospital emergency colour codes.
Some of this information is also contained in the Emergency Response Guide hanging in
all areas throughout the health centre. Please ensure you are familiar with this
Know the Basic Fire Safety Procedures
It is your responsibility to know the fire safety plan for your area including the location
of the nearest fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers and exits. All employees are
required to attend a fire safety review every two years. Fire drills are also held
regularly throughout the health centre to provide ongoing staff education.
Familiarize Yourself with the Evacuation Procedures
If total building evacuation is needed, the alarm will ring 120 strokes per minute. (The
fire alarm rings 20 strokes per minute.) Be sure to familiarize yourself with the proper
lifting techniques and use of the Evacusleds.
Emergency Telephone Number
In the event of an emergency, call for help:
Or Dial ‘0’ for the switchboard.
DO NOT ENDANGER YOUR OWN LIFE AT ANY TIME.
Know the Emergency Colour Codes
Following is a description of the health centre emergency colour codes that you may
hear announced over the public address system:
BLUE CARDIAC ARREST
ORANGE EXTERNAL DISASTER
YELLOW MISSING PATIENT
WHITE VIOLENT PATIENT
BLACK BOMB THREAT
PURPLE SEVERE WEATHER
GREY AIR EXCLUSION
BROWN CHEMICAL SPILL
Report Any Suspicious Activity
Hospitals are vulnerable to crime because they are open to the public and individuals
can move about freely, looking for crime opportunities. To reduce the risk of criminal
activity at the health centre, please do the following:
Report any suspicious activity immediately. Suspicious activity includes anything
that seems out of the ordinary;
Question people who are in a restricted area or any area after visiting hours
without a hospital identification badge;
Secure unoccupied and isolated work areas, and lock up personal valuables and
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
For More Information
Dial ‘0’ for the switchboard and ask to be connected to Security, or consult your
telephone listings for the direct numbers at each health centre site.