Did you know that all workplaces are legally required to have an emergency plan? Emergencies are unpredictable and can happen from a range of things such as accidental fires, medical emergencies, natural disasters and acts of violence. Having an effective emergency plan will help keep your workers and visitors safe when emergencies occur. Here are six things to consider that any effective emergency plan should have.
- Emergency procedures need to be tested and people trained or they’ll be less effective.
- Emergency plans need the right emergency gear which should be maintained and up to date. This includes having the right fire extinguisher for the types of fire you’d expect at your facility.
1. Evacuation Methods
Are your evacuation methods planned and set clearly? Are the exits clearly marked?
2. Notification of Emergency Services
Do you have a process in place that notifies the relevant emergency services as soon as possible?
3. Medical Treatment and Medical Assistance
4. Effective Communication with all Personnel
Do you have a public announcement system that can give direction to everyone in the workplace? Are the Fire Wardens and other safety officers easily identified through clearly marked vests and caps? Are they able to communicate above the potential commotion via megaphones or other emergency equipment that can quickly get people’s attention?
5. Emergency Procedure Testing
How often do you test the emergency procedures to ensure they remain effective and that they actually work as planned?
6. Instruction and Training
Do you include the emergency procedures as part of staff induction? How often do you provide instruction and retraining for emergency procedures? Do you have training for first aid skills?
These are just some of the things to consider to help you familiarise yourself with emergency planning. For more detailed information, refer to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 that outlines the steps for an emergency plan.
Legislation: legislation.nsw.gov.au - Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, Chapter 3, Part 3.2, Division 4, Clause 43