Evacuation drills can cost a lot of money. Some companies complete monthly evacuation drills, some companies complete 6 monthly evacuation drills and some companies will complete their evacuation drills on an annual or bi-annual basis. No matter how frequently you need to complete your evacuation drill there will always be a cost associated with the downtime of all your employees for the duration of the evacuation drill.
What does an evacuation drill cost to run?
Before we get fancy or complicated about the process we are just going to do some rough calculations on the cost of the man-hours involved in the running of an organised evacuation drill. if you had to run an evacuation drill with 100 employees and your evacuation drill took 30 minutes and for rounding purposes each employee was on $25 an hour the cost of this evacuation drill to the business could be $1,250 in lost labour for the 30 minute period of the day.
If you could reduce the amount of time it took to complete the evacuation drill to 15 minutes you would instantly reduce the lost labour for the day by 50%
I am talking to a customer at the moment that has just over 2000 employees, this customer says that it is taking in excess of 2 to 3 hours to complete the manual monthly evacuation drill that is mandatory. Let’s run these numbers through in this scenario based on employees being paid $25 an hour. With 2000 employees losing 2 hours a month completing the mandatory evacuation drill at $25 an hour it is costing approximately $50,000 for every hour taken to complete the evacuation drill. If this evacuation drill took 3 hours you would cost in excess of $150,000 in lost productivity.
If this customer could cut the evacuation drill process down to 60 minutes they could save in excess of $100,000 in lost labour each month
What would you pay to solve this problem?
How can you solve this problem?
The most accurate way to record all the employees during an evacuation drill would be through turnstiles or gates that allowed only one employee at a time to swipe through the turnstile recording their presence off-site. Not many companies today have turnstiles or gates for this purpose. Some of the newer technologies hitting the market over the past couple of years include RFID readers that can read cards from a distance. This technology allows employees with a card in their pocket or wallet to walk through a doorway and be recorded as entering or leaving the location.
One of the easiest ways on a large scale to solve this problem would be to include a chipped access control card with each employee that could be read electronically when the employee walked through the door. No need to take the card out of the pocket or a member to swipe a reader, the cards are read from a distance as each employee walked through the door or doors on the location. This process will automatically and electronically put employees into a safe list for the evacuation drill saving substantial time from the manual roll call system.
We can work with your existing access control system or your access control company.
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