Emergency Action Plans: Preparation is Your Best Defense
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Did you know that if you have more than 10 people in your company, you are required to have a written Emergency Action Plan? However according to the Emergency Communications Report, 30% of organizations have no emergency action plan and 56% are not confident in their preparation.
An Emergency Action Plan is to protect employees from fires, chemical releases, tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes. It should also include responses to workplace violence incidents. No one can predict when an emergency or disaster may occur within the workplace, therefore having an emergency response plan in place is critical.
- OSHA requires all workplaces with more than 10 employees to develop a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that identifies and coordinates necessary employer and employee actions during an emergency.
- Your EAP should include:
- A designated person to lead and coordinate emergency plans and evacuation
- Maps created from floor diagrams with arrows that easily designate evacuation routes, exits, and assembly points
- Selected employees to assist those with disabilities or who do not speak English
- All employees should be trained on your EAP during onboarding and routinely with refresher trainings. Alchemy’s employee engagement solutions help you efficiently and effectively train, coach, and reinforce your EAP with your employees.