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What to cover when conducting toolbox talks on emergencies

by , 05 March 2014
One of the safety topics you should train your employees on is emergencies. Continue reading to find out what to tell your employees when doing toolbox talks on emergencies.

Toolbox talks on emergencies: Make sure your employees are aware of the following

You need to prepare your employees for emergencies so they know what to do, where to go and how to react. And the best way to do this is to conduct toolbox talks on emergencies.

During your toolbox talk on emergencies, make it clear to your employees that they could lose their lives if they don't take emergencies seriously.

Tell them to avoid being complacent when the fire alarm goes off at your workplace, especially during emergency practice drills.

Make sure they know that practice drills will help ensure they know how to react, where the emergency exits are and where the safe assembly points are.

Make them aware of the danger with emergencies like fires.

The danger here is that smoke is carbon monoxide and poisonous. Once it's in the lungs, you'll find it difficult to breathe and you'll become unconscious, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Tell your employees to do the following to protect themselves when the emergency alarm sounds:

  1. Switch off your machine or computer if you can do this quickly.
  2. Walk to your closest and safest emergency assembly point. Don't run and don't panic.
  3. Don't fetch your personal items or go into other areas of the building..
  4. If you notice someone having difficulty, help them to the safe assembly point, but don't put yourself in danger.
  5. If someone's injured, help them out of the building, but don't put yourself in danger.
  6. Report people having difficulties or that are injured to your supervisor, manager, first aider or health and safety officer as soon as possible, if you can't help them yourself.
  7. When you reach the safe assembly point make sure you give your name to whoever's in charge.
  8. If you're a fire fighter or first aider, report to the person responsible for these teams or activities.
  9. Don't re-enter the workplace until you've been told it's safe to do so.

Remind your employees that if they're complacent about fire alarms, they are giving themselves a death sentence.

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