Every Company and Organization should develop plans that address emergency situations that may arise and which could threaten human health and safety, and possibly damage Organization assets. Management is responsible for implementing the Emergency Action Plans. These Emergency Action Plans will meet the following objectives:
- Provide a means of notifying employees, customers and local authorities of an emergency situation.
- Provide for a safe and orderly method of evacuation of employees and customers from Company premises.
- Have a plan for "Sheltering in Place" when evacuation is NOT recommended.
- Account for all employees who occupied Company premises at the time of evacuation, should one occur.
Emergency Action Plans will:
- Provide emergency first aid treatment or summon emergency medical assistance for injured individuals.
- Provide training and needed information to those employees responsible for taking action in the event of an emergency.
Note that Smoking should never be allowed anywhere on premises during an emergency.
Some types of emergencies that require an action plan include:
- Hazardous Material Spill
- Fire Reporting and Procedure
- Tornado Preparation and Emergency
- Severe Weather
- Power Outage
- Bomb Threat
These Emergency Action Plans from the links above outline recommended actions, but please remember, NO TWO SITUATIONS ARE EXACTLY ALIKE. Each will require planning, good judgement and consultation, adapting actions to specific situations, and staying flexible to accommodate changing situations and events!
A crisis is often unpredictable. The only SAFE course is to be PREPARED! People are the most important component in a successful crisis management plan. Effective crisis planning and communications are essential and will determine success after the crisis ends. You may not be responsible for the actual crisis. However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE SITUATION AND COMMUNICATING with anyone who needs to know about the situation.
Each year emergency situations cause an untold number of injuries and deaths. Damages to facilities and equipment run into the billions of dollars. While every emergency situation isn't preventable, by planning ahead, the effects of many of these situations can be minimized. Existing OSHA, SARA Title III, and numerous state regulations call for all facilities to meet a number of Emergency Preparedness/Crisis Management requirements. Our training products on "Emergency Planning" assist facilities in complying with these regulations and help them prepare for potential emergency situations. The topics for this training include preventing the “Domino Effect,” creating an Emergency Plan, the crisis management team, the role of outside agencies and much more!
WHAT IS SARA TITLE III? The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 is a United States federal law passed by Congress concerned with emergency response preparedness. This law was commonly known as SARA Title III. Its purpose is to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.