Remember these three vital points in your emergency planning

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 12 Sep. 2014

Tags: emergency planning, emergency plan, emergency situations, workplace emergencies

The key to dealing with emergencies is an emergency plan. It outlines the rules for what to do during an emergency. These are the rules you and your employees must follow.

Once you create the plan, you can spread it across your workplace so your employees know what to do.

Before that happens, you need to draw up this plan. When you do, make sure you include these three vital points...


Three vital points you must include in your emergency plan

How to get employees out
This section of your plan must cover your evacuation plan. You need to create the guidelines for:
- How to alert employees;
- How employees must react;
- Which exits they must use to leave the building;
- How they must leave the building;
- Where they must go once they’re out of the building; and
- Who’s in charge during the evacuation?
This information is vital to the safety of your employees.
Using your emergency equipment
You can’t manage an emergency situation without emergency equipment. Things like fire extinguishers and a first aid kit are vital to dealing with emergencies.
You need to create the rules for who can use what emergency equipment and how. 
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Who must help in an emergency?

You need people to help control the situation. You must give instructions for calling emergency services and make sure all your employees have their numbers so they don’t need to wait for you to call them.
You must also outline which employees must help during workplace emergencies. This goes hand-in-hand with who can use your emergency equipment. These employees will help you manage the situation until emergency services arrive.
Your emergency plan must include these three points to be successful. If yours doesn’t, revise it today.

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