Emergency wardens

Last updated: February 9, 2022

A BC Public Service building will typically have a warden system.

Smaller worksites may have only one warden while large offices and office towers may have multiple wardens, each responsible for an area or floor, overseen by a chief warden.

Wardens are designated and trained to assist in the event of an emergency. Register for the Emergency Wardens Training (IDIR restricted) webinar.

A chief warden's responsibilities include:

  • Providing local emergency health services and fire departments with information such as:
    • worksite layout
    • chemical storage
    • unique hazards
  • Coordinating all designated emergency wardens within the worksite (such as multiple floors or buildings)

A warden's responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring employees are aware of the local emergency response procedures, evacuation routes and assembly (muster) areas
  • Communicating directions during an emergency
  • Ensuring all employees are accounted for during an emergency
  • Participating on the emergency response team
  • Coordinating the emergency response plan and supplies
  • Planning and evaluating emergency drills and organizing related training

Contact us

For information on the wardens system for your building, contact AskMyHR (IDIR restricted).

Add 'Emergency Wardens' in the subject line and use the categories Myself (or) My Team/Organization > Workplace Safety > Other Issues & Inquiries.

If you're a B.C. government employee without an without an IDIR, contact the BC Public Service Agency to submit your service request.