Category: Emergency Preparedness and Response

No one wants it to happen, but an emergency, natural or manmade, can strike at anytime, 24/7. What’s more, it need not be a major, nationally-televised incident, such as a hurricane, earthquake, or act of political terror. An event as common as a local building fire can present just as large a challenge to you. These resources will help you create a plan for handling such crises, whatever their scope, and to carry it out in a way that best protects your employees and your company.

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Severe Weather Threats: Tornadoes

You’ve seen the destructive force of tornadoes vividly illustrated on TV over the past couple of months. Are you and your employees prepared to survive such a catastrophic event? Many areas of the country have experienced severe tornadoes this spring, and the threat continues now that summer is here. Since tornadoes pose a major threat […]

Severe Weather Threats: Lightning

When thunder roars and lightning flashes, will your workers be safe on or off the job? Train them to recognize the hazards and take proper precautions. Thunder and lightning storms are such a common weather conditions during the summer months that people often ignore the risks.  But according to the National Weather Service, lighting is […]

Emergency Preparedness: All Systems "Go"?

The one thing most workplace emergencies have in common is that you can rarely predict when they’ll strike. So effective warning systems are the best defense against widespread injuries and destruction. OSHA requirements for emergency alarm systems are detailed in 29 CFR 1910.38 (Emergency Action Plans) and 29 CFR 1910.165 (Employee Alarm Systems). Check your […]

Emergency Preparedness for Workers with Disabilities

Evacuating employees safely in a workplace emergency is a major issue in preparedness planning. And an important part of that planning for many employers is accounting for workers with disabilities. It’s hard enough for the average worker to make a safe escape from the workplace in an emergency. But the problem is much tougher for […]

Take Action on Emergency Action

You never know when a workplace emergency will strike. Be prepared with an effective EAP. OSHA says the purpose of an emergency action plan (EAP) is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. This means that a well-developed EAP is essential for the safety of employees. It’s also essential for regulatory […]

Ready to Respond to an Electrical Accident?

Electrical accidents require fast but careful response to save injured workers and protect rescuers. Find out how to prepare your workplace and your workers for an electrical emergency. Electric shock occurs in one of three ways. Individuals, while in contact with the ground, must come in contact with: Both wires of the electric circuit One […]

Planning for Emergency Closings

The decision to close your workplace in an emergency should be an integral part of emergency planning and not a spur-of-the-moment afterthought. You should have a detailed plan for closing your facility, including: What circumstances will lead to a closing Who makes the decision How the decision is communicated What to do about employee compensation […]

Emergency Preparedness and Response by the Book

OSHA has a lot to say about emergency preparedness and response. Do you know where to find all the rules? A hurricane blasts through South Florida causing more than $25 billion in damage. A fire rips through a food processing plant, killing 25. An explosion at a refinery injures 100 and leaves 15 dead. A […]

Click, Don’t Panic: Violence Protection on the Job

Although overall rates of workplace violence have declined in the past decade, homicides associated with customers and clients have increased. Employees who deal with the public are especially at risk. Johnny Lee, founder of Peace at Work, a nonprofit organization that focuses on violence prevention "in and through the workplace," notes a growing risk for […]