Plan For Workplace emergencies & Evacuation
Without any warning, workplace emergencies can occur. Fire, chemical spill, storm, flood, or a violent attack can happen and leave your company and employees devastated. There will always be some risks associated with any business, but you can reduce the chances of serious property damage or serious injuries from workplace emergencies by having a reliable plan in place.
The emergency plan is more than just a document to keep on file. It can be a lifesaving tool for your company. Make your emergency plan a routine part of your business processes by reviewing at least once a year, holding training sessions with personnel, and conducting emergency drills periodically.
The following are some important items to include in your workplace emergencies plan:
- Prepare your plan ahead of time – make sure you have a plan in place well before it is needed. Work with a team to assemble the plan and discuss all of the different risks and situations that could occur in your workplace.
- Plan should cover the most likely scenarios – include a fire emergency, an evacuation route, safe area designations and maps at the very least.
- Contact information is crucial during an emergency – have an emergency phone number available for personnel or families to call. Also have key contact information for department heads in order to account for any personnel that may be on site during an emergency.
- Note fire extinguisher, first aid, and medical contact information – distinguish the equipment on a map and also have it clearly marked and easily accessible. Make sure all of your equipment is kept in proper working order and inspected regularly so it will be ready if needed.
- Designate employees for specific duties – you may need certain employees to shut down equipment or machinery in an emergency. You should also have employees who can calmly direct personnel to the exits and safe areas.
- Alarms and detectors should be installed – make sure smoke detectors and fire alarms are inspected regularly and can produce an audible alarm as well as a visual strobe or light to help alert people and direct them to safety.
- Making the decision – there should be clear guidelines on determine what can constitute an evacuation emergency. Your plan should elaborate and describe these situations keeping in mind that safety is of the utmost importance.
- Publishing your plan – have the plan easily accessible to employees and department leaders. The plan should be reviewed as part of any new employee orientation and then periodically each year to reinforce the actions that should be taken in an emergency.
There are many components to a plan for workplace emergencies. Finding a partner that has extensive experience can help you put together the best plan for your workplace situation. Fire Safe Services can help companies assess their risks and then prepare a plan for workplace emergencies that will help reduce property damage and help to save lives.