What is an emergency in the workplace?
A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage
What are the emergency procedures?
The emergency procedure is a plan of actions to be conducted in a certain order or manner, in response to an emergency event at the work place or at home.
An emergency plan must provide for the following: emergency procedures, including: an effective response to an emergency. Evacuation procedures effective communication between the people authorised to coordinate the emergency response and all people at the workplace.
What are the different types of emergencies?
This can range from emergencies affecting:
A single person:
o Medical emergencies
o Heart attacks,
o Cardiac arrest
Large numbers of people:
o Natural disasters including floods, earthquakes,
o Industrial Actions
The benefits of workable emergency response planning
Fundamentally, the benefits arising from operating workable emergency response planning and effective processes for responding to on-site incidents include:
• Legal compliance and meeting regulations
• Reduction in the threat of prosecution
• Clearer understanding of roles and responsibilities Increasing levels of competency and on-site skills
• Maintaining a positive brand perception • Sustained high standards of health and safety at work
• Peace of mind and reassurance
• Business and morale objectives – responsibilities for your workforce, local community and environment
Emergency Response Training Requirement
• Train all employees who operate working platforms on the emergency action plan procedures and the parts of the plan the employees must know to protect themselves in the event of an emergency. This training must be provided upon initial assignment and whenever the plan is changed.
• Provide training to employees based on their expected duties: o First aider o Fire Fighter o Fire warden o Roll call taker o Emergency Coordinator
Evacuation Instructions (RACE)
R – Rescue and relocate anyone in immediate danger
A – Alert others by activating the building fire alarm
C – Confine the Emergency by closing the doors
E – Evacuate immediately. Do not use elevators, use the stairs.
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