What is your evacuation plan? Every business and gathering place needs a formal plan. Here's a "Starter Plan" to get you going, feel free to use this and modify it to suit your specific location and needs!
When the fire alarm system sounds, all Employees should evacuate the building according to the fire evacuation plan posted near the exit doors.
1. Doors – if hot, don't open. Use an alternate escape route. Close doors behind you to contain fire.
2. Do not stop to take your personal belongings unless they are at hand.
3. Don't panic. Walk, never run.
4. Use stairways, not elevators.
5. If there is heavy smoke, stay close to the ground or floor; there is usually less smoke there.
6. Report to your designated assembly area outside the building. Your department Manager will be responsible for accounting for all his or her people after the building has been evacuated.
7. Emergency exits are identified and posted on maps throughout the building.
8. Do not interfere with emergency rescue vehicles or personnel.
10. Return-to-work instructions will be given by the Manager-In-Charge pending permission by the Fire Department or other governmental agency present. Until then, remain in the general assembly area until you are given directions to do otherwise.
Each Manager or area Supervisor checks their area and their respective departments, restrooms, and public areas to verify that individuals and customers are evacuated. When every one is evacuated, the employee shall assemble _____________________________ , and await further instructions from management. Management designates this area as an assembly area outside the building as a gathering point for all employees. Management will take a head count of employees to insure all were safely evacuated.
Note: Employees are not to re-enter the building. Management will notify the ranking fire or other emergency response official on the scene of a potentially trapped person and their approximate whereabouts.
Employees shall not leave until dismissed by Management.
Hazardous materials are becoming more and more prominent in our workplaces as technological advancements continue. Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is very important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly) They have mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. As part of these regulations (29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER), there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials. Our training product on HAZWOPER: "The Emergency Response Plan" help employees understand how emergency planning can reduce or eliminate potential exposure to hazardous materials in crisis situations.
DID YOU KNOW? In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave." Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER which stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Although the term predates OSHA, it is a term often used to describe OSHA-required regulatory training