Whether you work in a quiet office or a busy warehouse, emergencies happen. Without proper preparation, awareness, and training your employees, customers and others can be left in the dark during an emergency. With emergencies ranging in severity, timeliness, and type, it is essential to have an emergency response plan in place for the safety of your employees, workplace, community, and the environment.
Some Emergency Response Plan Components:
Emergency Equipment and Training:
In an emergency like cardiac arrest, an amputated limb, or traumatic injury, it is important to outline 3 criteria:
● Location of emergency equipment
● Personnel trained/authorized to use emergency equipment
● Personnel trained in emergency response measures
It is vital to have these criteria outlined in your plan to ensure fast and effective action.
It is important to outline situations that may arise like a fire, chemical spill, or medical emergency, and what actions to take like evacuation, lockdown, or safety procedures. For example, if there is a fire, where are your safety exits? Where is your designated meeting point? Who is responsible for everyone?
Depending on the emergency, there are specific contacts you must have listed to know who to contact in case of an emergency. For example, you may need to call:
● Fire Department
● Police Department
● Spill Control
● Landlord/Building Manager
● Ministry of Labour
● Ministry of Health
Have these contacts and their information readily available to ensure the proper help is on its way!
If you feel like your business needs an emergency response plan or plan update, we can help! canaPHEM’s Health and Safety Policy Development services help organizations formulate and set in place emergency response plans. We also offer an “Emergency Response Team” consultation, where we create mock scenarios to prepare your team and test your emergency response plans.