Any type of emergency can take seconds to escalate. Being prepared in the event of an emergency is critical for protecting your employees and your business. Your facility needs to have a comprehensive emergency action plan in place. It has been proven that workplace emergency plans can maximize response times and minimize the impacts to employees and your facility in the event of an emergency.
Once you have created your emergency action plan, there are four other ways to ensure that your facility and your employees are prepared for an emergency. By considering these items, you can protect your business.
1. Mitigate facility/site conditions: Often, there are conditions that exist in your site or facility that could impact safety or a successful response. Your facility operations manager should conduct regular site inspections to eliminate any posed risks that exist which could cause harm to employees, the environment or infrastructure.
2. Conduct regular risk assessments: Once potential threats are determined; actions can be taken to minimize their impact or possibly eliminate the risk of an emergency.
3. Emergency Response Training: Regular emergency response training is crucial so that all employees and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. Training should include reviewing the response plan and making sure that all employees are familiar with it, identifying the roles and responsibilities of individuals, refresher courses (if necessary), and plan review training when updates or revisions have been made to the emergency action plan.
4. Response Drills and Exercises: Drills should be conducted not only to prepare the staff but to test the response plan and its effectiveness and any potential problems. Employees will also understand the expectations and the procedure more effectively through regular drills.
To help your company get an effective emergency action plan in place, give HF Planners a call. We provide Facility Planning, Management, and Design services to help you manage resources and meet your organization’s goals for its facilities. HF Planners, LLC has a proven record of successfully completing projects of all sizes for well-known companies across major industries. We would like the opportunity to work with you!