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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Put the PREPARE in Preparedness

To be confident that your employees are ready for any emergency, you have to PREPARE—Plan, Review, Evaluate, Practice, Anticipate, Retrain, and Emphasize. According to Safety Audit Checklists, emergency planning must be: Systematic. Haphazard or half-hearted efforts that get low priority and little attention won’t do the job. You  need a well-structured, well-organized, thorough plan that […]

Guarantee Preparedness: Talk to Employees Now

Talk to your people about emergency preparedness. Make sure that they know all about your emergency plans and that all their questions are answered. Guarantee they’ll be ready to act. One of the best ways to ensure safety in a workplace emergency and a quick recovery after, says, is to communicate regularly with employees […]

Electrical Emergencies and Rescue Techniques

Electrical accidents cause countless injuries and claim the lives of hundreds of Americans each year. Injuries could be minimized and many lives saved if proper rescue techniques were used. When an electrical accident occurs, the victim may be incapable of moving or releasing the electrical conductor because of the effect of something called “muscle clamping.” […]

Shocking News About Electrical Emergencies

Almost 3 million workers in the United States are at risk every day from uncontrolled energy when servicing equipment. There are roughly 3,600 disabling injuries and 4,000 nondisabling electrical contact injuries every year. Electrical hazards include electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls. Electric shock occurs in one of three ways. Individuals, while in contact with […]

Natural or Man-Made—Be Ready for Emergencies

Yesterday, we focused on hurricanes, a type of workplace emergency for which employers in many states must be prepared. But hurricanes don’t affect everyone and they aren’t the only potential workplace disaster you need to anticipate. Whether a workplace emergency is natural or man-made, OSHA makes you responsible for ensuring employee safety in the workplace. […]

Preparing Your Workplace for a Hurricane

Hurricane season is here. These monster storms can strike with tremendous, destructive force. And when they do, winds, water, and flying debris can threaten your business and your employees. Preparation is the key to survival and recovery. Preparation for hurricane season should begin long before the first hurricane warning is announced, says the American Society […]

Emergency Preparedness: Got Your Ducks in a Row?

Your level of preparation for emergencies will determine how well your employees and your facility survive these incidents. It will also establish how OSHA views your compliance with emergency action requirements. Just about anywhere you look in the OSHA standards, you’ll find some reference to workplace emergencies. Subparts E, H, K, L, and Z of […]

10 Keys to an Effective Emergency Action Plan

Earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes—having an action plan is an important part of emergency preparedness. However, merely writing one isn’t enough. You also have to make sure it is workable. Here are 10 key points to consider when developing an emergency action plan, courtesy of our sister publication, the Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor:   1.  Since […]

Emergency Preparedness Is Required, Not Optional

OSHA has a lot to say about emergency preparedness, and that means you have to identify all the requirements so that you can prepare your workplace and your workforce to meet the standards. Effective workplace emergency planning is the key to saving lives, preventing injuries, and protecting facilities from damage. So it’s clearly something all […]

Is Your Workplace Ready for a Disaster?

When an emergency strikes your workplace, there’s no time for hesitation-or for trying to figure out what to do. To survive an emergency, you and your workforce have to already know what to do. Emergency plans must be well developed, well practiced, and ready to be put into action at a moment’s notice. Emergency planning […]