Benjamin Franklin statement “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”.
One of the most important systems for an organisation is to have a well-prepared emergency response plan (ERP) or emergency management plan (EMP). An emergency response plan refers to workplace specific strategy to reduce the harm or damage due to natural or manmade disasters. This plan consists of safeguarding the employees, manpower, and property of the organisation.
WHS Regulations states the requirement of Emergency Plan Management in Division 4. Section 42 – duty of an employer to prepare, maintain and implement an emergency plan.
These duties are:
- An emergency plan is prepared and available for the workplace
- Procedures that include an effective response to an emergency such as evacuation procedure, notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity,
- First Aid, Medical treatment, assistance,
- Effective communication in order to implement emergency procedures,
- Frequency of evaluation, information, instruction and training.
Below are the areas to be included in emergency management plan.
- Medical emergency
- Release of toxic substance
- Chemical spill
- Storms and cyclones
- Structure collapse
EMP is a detailed written set of instructions that guides the employees’ actions to take during an emergency in the workplace.
It also gives an idea about risk management that is required at any workplace to control the risks to protect employees and others. It is very important for everyone in the organisation to follow, learn and implement the emergency plan. As it gives direction to the employees on how to react to emergencies without worsening the problem. Lack of resources, availability of trained personnel, work equipment, and other work supplies can have a substantial impact in an emergency.
Benefits of having the emergency plan:
- Well prepared plan promotes health & safety and preparedness for any crisis and helps the organisation to enhance the health and safety culture.
- The management can demonstrate their commitment to the health, safety, and security of their workers through the emergency plan.
- Minimises the probability of the organisation incurring huge losses in terms of skills, manpower, finances, and reputation in case of any unexpected emergencies and disasters. Whenever organisation or individual, have an emergency at the workplace, the organisation may lose a significant amount of personnel, production and finances.
- Prevent fatalities and injuries. It also makes the individual and organisations promote revival procedures and first aid for the resumption of normal operations of the organisation.
- Reduce the damage of the assets and raw material and the balance stock and products of the organisation.
As a final note, all responsible people and stakeholders have to understand all forms of workplace emergencies to know how best to protect your employees, the contractors, and others. They need to be familiarised and trained for an emergency plan.
This can be done by conducting drills and scenarios related to the emergency on a regular basis. Training the workforce.
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- Fatigue Management
- WHS for Managers and Supervisors
- WHS Committees
- Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Workplace Resilience
- Workplace Bullying and Harassment
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