7 things you should have in your Emergency Management Plan

By Portner Press on September 25th, 2018
  1. Fire, Emergency & Incidents
  2. Emergency Management


Is your business emergency ready?

Regardless of the industry you operate in, your business must have a plan in place to deal with a workplace emergency.

An Emergency Management Plan (EMP) sets out what workers and others in the workplace should do in the event of an emergency.

EMPs are particularly important for businesses with more than 15 employees, and in larger organisations, they are typically developed by a dedicated emergency planning committee comprising health and safety representatives (HSRs) and senior managers.

However, if you operate a business with fewer than 15 employees, you should still have an EMP in place.

Your EMP needs to be practical and easy to understand and should include the following:

  1. Emergency procedures

An emergency procedure document outlines what workers and visitors at your workplace must do in the event of an emergency. An evacuation procedure will form part of the emergency procedure.

  1. Procedures to deal with reasonably foreseeable types of emergencies

You may need to have procedures for managing the risk of events such as:

storms and floods;
explosions; and
bomb threats.

  1. Procedures for notifying emergency services

Make sure these include all relevant contact details and that these details are up to date.

  1. Instructions on how to provide treatment and medical assistance

Be sure all workers have access to appropriate first aid equipment and facilities.

  1. Processes for testing emergency procedures

Tests should be carried out every 6 months and documented in the emergency procedure.

  1. Details of the person authorised to coordinate the emergency response

Ensure that you have a trained staff member who will manage the response to an emergency.

  1. Details on how workers will be trained in implementing emergency procedures

In the event of an emergency, workers will need to be adequately trained to carry out your emergency procedures.

Any EMP you create should be reviewed on a six-monthly basis, as well as when there have been significant changes to the layout or size of your workforce, or the nature of your work activities.

Do you need to know how to develop and implement an EMP?

In chapter E3 Emergency Management in the Health & Safety Handbook we explain, step by step, how you can develop an EMP and implement it in your business.

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