OSHA Fact Sheets
If you are an employer looking for more guidance regarding workplace preparedness, and are ready to delve into the regulations surrounding this area, OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration — has published a number of informational factsheets on workplace emergencies and workplace preparedness.
Planning and Responding to Workplace Emergencies
This two-page overview lists requirements for companies with more than 10 employees. Sections of the report include:
o Chain of Command
o Emergency Response Teams
o Response Activities
o Employee Training
o Personal Protection
o Medical Assistance
How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations (OSHA 3088)
A far more comprehensive document, this 25-page report is written for the employer, to make sure the employer is following all required and recommended procedures to protect the business. This document covers all the items listed in the fact sheet above, with particular attention to fires and evacuations. A comprehensive flowchart on page 11 determines just who is required to have a written Emergency Action Plan.
Both OSHA reports are available at www.osha.gov.
Simple Plans for Small Businesses
If you own or work in a small business, you may still require a plan. In the absense of more formal arrangements, download the Emergency Plan Guide’s Seven Steps to Workplace Preparedness. It will give you a place to start.
Follow up with other Advisories that deal with finding workplace leaders and assembling your workplace emergency response team.
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