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Take these six steps to perform effective emergency drills

by , 09 October 2014
Creating an emergency evacuation plan is of vital importance. But it's not enough to just write up the plan and give it to your employees. After all, they might not understand what they really need to do.

This is where practical knowledge can come in really handy. It helps employees understand what to do if a real emergency happen.

To do an effective emergency procedures drill, follow these six steps...

 

Follow these six steps to do an effective emergency procedures drill

 
Step 1: Hold emergency drills at least once every six months.
 
Step 2: Management should plan emergency drills but shouldn't announce them to employees.
 
Step 3: Document and time emergency drills. No evacuation should take longer than five minutes.
 
Step 4: Hold post mortems after each evacuation drill and identify all deviations and non-compliances.
 
Step 5: Identified any non-compliances and deviations as part of the continuous improvement plan.
 
Step 6: Rule out deviations from your emergency evacuation procedures and use corrective action to improve all your employees' knowledge of the proper procedures.
 
Here's how this will help you and your employees during a real emergency.
 
*********** Hot off the press  ************
 
If there was a fire, violent strike or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
 
Do your first aiders know what it is?
 
 
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Here's how an emergency procedures drill will help your employees during a really emergency

 
An emergency evacuation procedures drill will help your employees gain a practical knowledge of what to do during an emergency.
 
It'll help them create a muscle memory response to emergencies so they do what they need to automatically.
 
Lastly, it helps you spot holes in your emergency procedures or in your employees' knowledge of your procedures. 
 
Remember, it's important to do these drills at least every six months so your employees never forget what to do. 
 
This ensures when a real emergency happens, your employees know what to do so they get out of it safely. 

Find more tips, tools and practical advice to easily implement health and safety in your workplace here.
 
 


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