From: "Lillquist, Dean - OSHA" <Lillquist.Dean**At_Symbol_Here**DOL.GOV>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Sign in/out policies for safety
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:41:53 +0000
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Just wondering about sign-in/sign-out policies.


My organization moved away from serial sign-in/out on a physical piece of paper (which could be picked up and carried outside) to electronic timekeeping.

So now there is no hard-copy/physical record of who’s in the building.  In the event of an emergency evacuation, the team supervisor could use the sign-in/out book to do a head-count was very efficient.

We actually ran evacuation drills, having a chemist stay in the lab, to see how long it took the supervisor to recognize their absence.


I’m not concerned with time and attendance (the new system works fine).  But I have staff leave the building for lunch or other reasons during the day and really think being able to account for people in an emergency is important.  I also know I have to follow negotiated contract obligations.


Do other organizations share my concern for accounting for staff and what do you do?


class="MsoNormal">Dean R. Lillquist, PhD, CIH


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