An emergency action plan guides employees in their roles and responsibilities while accounting for all personnel, customers, vendors, visitors, and other guests. If ensuring the safety to those around your business during an emergency is important to you, then your company should have an Emergency Action Plan.
Where do you start
Before putting together an emergency action plan, an examination of the workplace should be conducted to look at the following areas:
- Property/building layout and design
- Entrance/Exit doors and routes
- Fire hazards or exposures
- Fire extinguishers or suppression systems and methods of activation
- Fire detection systems
- Methods of notifying employees to evacuate
- Company operational requirements to shut-down or methods to continue operations
What's in the plan
The basic emergency action plan must include, but is not limited to, the following items:
- Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
- Evacuation procedures and emergency route assignments
- Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical operations before they evacuate
- Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
- Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them
- Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.
An Emergency Action Plan involves a lot of interaction between departments and employees. Our Risk Consulting Services is available to sit down with you to get you going in the right direction.
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