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WORKPLACE EMERGENCY PLANNING: GET IT IN WRITING

It’s sound risk management – and common sense – to have a written Emergency Action Plan. Some states require businesses to put their plan in writing. For example, California firms with more than 10 employees must maintain a written plan that “shall cover those designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.” A basic Emergency Action Plan should include:

 

·       Methods for reporting and managing fires and other emergencies

·       Rescue and medical information and procedures

·       Emergency escape guidelines and escape routes

·       A chief contact person in an emergency

·       Methods for managing workplace violence

·       Preventative maintenance of fire extinguishers, alarms, sprinklers, etc.

·       Up-to-date first aid equipment and training

·       The location of protective equipment, showers, etc.

 

For more information on creating an Emergency Action Plan, visit www.osha.gov.

Don Phin
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