When emergencies happen, your employees need to know how to respond. For example, if there's a fire at work they need to know where to go, the evacuation procedures to follow and who to listen to.
This is vital, otherwise someone could suffer an injury because of the accident. The easiest way to give your employees this information is to do a toolbox talk on emergencies and emergency procedures.
This way you can ensure your employees know what to do and how to respond.
Be sure to include this information in your toolbox talk...
When you do a toolbox talk on emergencies use this structure
When you do a toolbox talk you must tell your employees:
- What the topic is;
- What's at stakes;
- What the danger is; and
- How they must protect themselves.
You must also include a final word of warning or instruction and examples to make the dangers you're talking about clear.
This toolbox talk structure
frames the information you give your employees clearly. Use it to give your employees the following information.
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Include this information in your toolbox talk on emergencies
The most important information you must give your employees during this toolbox talk is on what to do during an emergency. According to the Health and Safety Advisor
, you must tell them to:
- Walk to their safe emergency assembly point. Don't run and don't panic.
- Stay put and not to go anywhere else to fetch their personal items.
- Help someone having difficulty to the safe assembly point, but they mustn't put themselves in danger.
- Help someone out of the building if they're injured, but they mustn't put themselves in danger.
- Report people with difficulties or injuries to their supervisor, manager, first aider or health and safety representative as soon as possible, if they can't help them themselves.
- Ensure they give their names to whoever's in charge when they reach the safe assembly point.
- Report to the person responsible for these teams or activities if they're a fire fighter or first aider.
- Never re-enter the workplace until the person in charge has said it's safe to do so.
With this information, you can ensure your employees will handle emergencies correctly.
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