What You Need to put in Your Emergency Response Plan
It goes without saying that the new year gives us the chance to start afresh and do things properly. This makes it a great time to check and upgrade your security if need be as the blog “Is Your Business Safe in the New Year?” discussed. One area that often gets neglected, however, especially in the workplace, is ensuring that everyone is aware of the plan of action, should an emergency arise.
In this article, we look at some points to consider as you create or update your emergency response plan. It’s important to have a set course of action and to ensure your staff are aware of it, in order to limit injuries or people in danger in the case of a threatening situation.
- All the people that are a part of your business should know the evacuation plans and exit routes. Ensure there is a diagram somewhere visible, that clearly marks where these are, in order to serve as a reminder to the staff.
- Make sure everyone is aware of the post-evacuation meeting location. Here, HR can take a headcount of all the employees and identify missing workers.
- Your emergency plan should clearly state the locations of fire extinguishers and medical kits and also how these should be used.
- Never lock fire exits or block doorways or stairways. This will make it difficult to escape in the case of an emergency.
- Make sure everyone in the workplace knows who to report damaged or malfunctioning security systems to, preferably the Office Manager, so they can swiftly arrange repair and maintenance.
- Make special emergency plans for co-workers with disabilities or those who may require assistance during an emergency. It’s also a good idea to assign someone the responsibility of getting customers out safely during an emergency.
Unforeseen circumstances happen and it is important to have a plan of action for them. This will help all members of the company to keep calm as they will know exactly what to do in the case of a fire hazard, medical disaster, accidents, natural disasters as well as robberies.