Last updated: May 10, 2021
A 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.
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