• Importance of Emergency Plan

    February, 2019

    Importance of Emergency Plan

    With the 10th anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires passing yesterday, and the flood disaster still unfolding in Townsville, now is a very, very good time to think about your emergency plan, both at work and at home.

    What is an emergency plan?

    An emergency plan is a written set of instructions that outlines what actions the workplace needs to do in an emergency. Remember, a PCBU has a duty to prepare an emergency plan.

    What needs to be in the emergency plan?

    The plan must include procedures and effective responses to identified emergencies and provide practical information for workers.

    Think about what type of emergencies should be covered in the plan, what level of detail the plan needs and what is relevant response. The plan should be based on a practical assessment of the hazards in the workplace, and if the workplace is high risk, there may be additional requirements to consider.

    The plan needs to be easily accessible to all workers and be on display in the workplace. Everyone needs to be trained in the emergency procedures, understand how the plan is going to be implemented, and be consulted with the HSRs and the relevant stakeholders in the development and implementation of the plan.

    It’s too late to think about having a emergency plan once you’ve had an emergency. Start your emergency planning now. Be ready for the emergencies.

    Consult to your workers, HSRs and start planning. Further guidance can be found in WHS Regulations (Reg 43).

    See you next time, Nick. WHS Advisor

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