What is EVA Emergency?
EVA Emergency (or simply EVA) is a software application which shares urgent information with site occupants and assists in emergency coordination and exercises. See our features page for more information.
How does EVA work?
EVA uses workers’ smartphones to notify them of site emergencies, provide them with real-time information (text and visual) and share worker’s location with emergency coordinators for assistance.
What about privacy?
What do I need to use EVA in my workplace?
You need a computer with internet access for initial company and site setup and for ongoing user management. Employees and contractors need their personal smartphones with GPS and internet access enabled.
Where can EVA work?
Anywhere with mobile and GPS reception.
How much does EVA cost?
The first 30 days are free so you can test it and see if it is useful for your team and at your workplace. After that you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription fee. The cost will be charged in your local currency and won’t be affected by exchange rate variations.
Can EVA substitute other emergency tools?
EVA is a tool intended to be used primarily as a complement to other emergency management systems and ideal for for conducting emergency drills and evacuation exercises. Due to the nature of the mobile technology it is not advisable to rely upon the application only in case of real emergencies (e.g. some users may not carry their mobile phones with them.)
Having said that, EVA has features that conventional systems simply cannot offer. Only top-end emergency systems can rival EVA Emergency, and always at a much higher level of expenditure.
Since there is no such thing as a 100% reliable tool and emergencies are unforeseeable events (slight changes in site conditions can have significant effects in the way emergencies develop), keeping additional safety layers seems a reasonable approach.
As the ‘Swiss Cheese’ model of incidents suggests, the risk of a hazard causing an incident can be mitigated by having different layers of risk controls. We recommend you read our Terms and Conditions to understand how EVA works and its limitations.
Why do I need EVA?
Every site is different and you may actually not need it. However there could be a number of situations that are applicable to your site.
We have called these the ‘what-ifs’ (inspired by real learning from emergency exercises):
- What if a contractor doesn’t know how to report an emergency?
- What if you have a fire close to an assembly point?
- What if the wind is directing a toxic gas, fume or smoke to an assembly point?
- What if your contractors do not understand the emergency message broadcast via the PA system?
- What if a worker cannot hear well?
- What if the hazard is moving?
- What if the incident affects the availability of your PA system?
- What if a contractor is not familiar with the evacuation points?
- What if a contractor is not familiar with the name of the area where the incident occurred?
- What if the incident has the potential to cross your site boundary and affect other businesses?
- What if after conducting a roll call you are missing a person and you don’t know where he / she is?
- What if the person referred to above is unconscious?
In the end…