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Revealed: Your greatest weapon against workplace emergencies

by , 24 September 2014
When an emergency turns your workplace into a war zone, you need to know that everyone will respond correctly. But how can anyone respond correctly if they don't know what to do?

This is where your greatest weapon comes in. It'll give you the ability to structure your emergency responses and deal with emergencies before they even happen.

But you need to create this weapon before it can help you do anything.

Follow these five steps to create your emergency weapon...


Follow these five steps to create your emergency weapon

Your greatest weapon is your emergency plan. You need to predict what emergencies might happen and then create a plan to deal with them.
Use these steps to do this:
Step 1: Identify all the emergencies that could happen in your workplace
You need to assess your workplace and the kind of work you do to identify the kinds of emergencies that could happen in your workplace. Create a plan for each type of emergency.
Step 2: Lay out who must respond first
Explain who must respond to emergencies first. These are people like your fire marshal who must handle a fire situation and give your other employees instructions.
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Step 3: Explain what the other employees must do
If your other employees aren't first responders, they must evacuate. Give them details of how to do this.
Step 4: List the second responders
This could be someone like your first aider who can treat anyone with injuries once she's outside safety.
Step 5: Explain the procedures once emergency services arrive
You need to explain whether employees must fall back or help the emergency services if they can.
Following these five easy steps will enable you to create the most powerful weapon when it comes to dealing with emergencies. 

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Health & Safety Advisor.  It gives you tips, tools and advice to comply with the OHS Act and regulations.

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