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Follow THIS step to simplify your emergency preparedness response plan, with bomb threats on the rise across the globe...

by , 27 May 2013
There's a reason there are so many security checks before passengers are allowed to board aeroplanes. As you're in a confined space, any hazard that poses a health and safety risk will most likely affect all the passengers and the crew. That's why the Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore to Manchester airport with 347 passengers on board was diverted to Stansted last week when two claimed to have a bomb on board. Here's what to do if there's a similar bomb threat in your workplace...

 
Last week, a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Lahore to Manchester was diverted to Stansted just 10 minutes before it was due to land at Manchester.
 
The reason?
 
Two men who claimed they had a bomb tried to burst into the cockpit, triggering fighter jets to be scrambled to intercept the aircraft after the pilot raised the alarm, says TheTelegraph.
 
Luckily, the men were arrested and no bomb was found.
 
But that doesn't mean you should ignore a bomb threat in your workplace.
 
Especially as 'emergency evacuation planning is an essential part of preventing injuries and ensuring the safety of your employees in emergency situations,' says the Health and Safety Advisor.
 
And bomb blasts are on the rise across the globe, with the Boston Marathon bomb blasts becoming a health and safety disaster where three were killed and at least 140 injured, says FSPBusiness.
 
The rise in bomb threats shows why you need to simplify the emergency preparedness response plan in your workplace
 
You can prevent a similar tragedy by having a clear emergency preparedness response plan in place that clearly shows your employees how to evacuate the building in case of a bomb threat.
 
The best way to do so isn't to just stick a map of your building's emergency escape routes up on the company notice board though.
 
You need to actually hold regular practice emergency drills, says Kerusha Narothan, Managing Editor of The Health and Safety Advisor on FSP Business.
 
This way, you'll know that if there IS a bomb threat at your workplace, your employees have had practice in evacuating the building as fast as possible.
 
How regularly should you hold practice emergency drills?
 
Every six months, as a minimum.
 
By doing so, you'll be complying with your responsibility under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of doing everything possible to protect your employees' health and safety, as new employees know what to do and your older employees are constantly refreshed on the procedure.

This will also ensure your employees are prepared and that nothing goes wrong during a real emergency. Planning is one way of preparing your employees for emergencies. Turn to your Health and Safety Training Manual to get more tips and advice.


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