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No one expects an emergency or disaster to strike but the fact of the matter is they do, usually at the most unexpected times.
Prevention is always the first step but for the unavoidable hazards, being prepared can prevent loss and save lives.
WHAT IS A WORKPLACE EMERGENCY?
Any unforeseen event or situation that threatens the safety of your employees, customers or the public; causes physical or environmental damage or disrupts or shuts down operations is considered a workplace emergency. These emergencies may be man made or natural and include the following:
HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES AND YOUR BUSINESS?
Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis, so it is important to prepare for an emergency before it happens with an EAP. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration(OSHA) provide codes, regulations and guidance on emergency action plans, including minimum standards. According to OSHA standards a written emergency action plan is required for workplaces with 10 or more employees. If the company has less than 10 employees an emergency action plan is still required but may be verbally communicated to employees.
Has your business published an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)? Has this plan been practiced and well communicated?
EFFECTIVE EAP PLANNING
Every second counts during an emergency. Planning ahead and having a well-communicated plan can make all the difference. Follow these steps when preparing your EAP.
It’s not always possible to plan for an emergency but it is possible to minimize loss and save lives with an EAP. SIA Group and our trusted team of advisors are always here to help in establishing an EAP, training and much more. Contact us today.
To view OSHA’s EAP Checklist, click HERE.
Sources: http://www.nfpa.org/Codes-and-Standards/All-Codes-and-Standards/List-of-Codes-and-Standards https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/checklists/eap.html https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/implementation.html< Back to posts