If you don't have a workplace emergency plan in place, you'll be facing serious personal liability!
Your workplace must have a plan for emergencies. It needs to show how you deal with all emergencies, from a fire to a flood.
And the only way is to have an emergency plan in place.
If you don't, and one of your employees is seriously injured or dies during an emergency situation, you'll be personally liable.
Don't let this happen to you! Make sure you cover these points in your emergency plan to save the lives of your employees.
If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
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Points to consider when drawing up your emergency plan
Think about what might happen and how you'll raise the alarm. Don't forget night shift, weekends and times when your premises are closed. Include holidays too.
Plan what to do, including how to call the emergency services. Help them by clearly marking your premises from the road. Consider drawing up a simple plan showing the location of hazardous items.
If you have 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substances, you must notify the fire and rescue service and put up warning signs.
Decide where to go to reach a place of safety or to get rescue equipment.
You must provide proper forms of emergency lighting.
You must make sure there are enough emergency exits for everyone to escape quickly.
Make sure nothing's in the way of your emergency doors and escape routes. These must be clearly marked.
Read on for more points to include in your emergency procedure…
Imagine a fire breaks out in your office and your building bursts into flames!
Will your employees know what to do?
Recognise the fire alarm?
Know where the fire extinguishers are?
Know where the nearest exit is so they can leave the premises as quickly as possible?
Follow an evacuation plan?
Additional points to consider when drawing up your emergency plan
Appoint people with the right skills and experience to manage health and safety.
Decide which other key people you need. Choose an Incident Controller who can provide technical information. Also make sure you've trained enough First Aiders.
Plan ahead with an emergency plant shutdown, isolation or making processes safe.
You must train everyone on your emergency procedures. And don't forget the needs of people with disabilities.
Don't let your employees carry on working if there's any chance they could still be in danger after an emergency. If you're not sure ask for help from the emergency services. Make sure your First Aiders are ready for any emergency with the Emergency First Aid Planning