Recovering From an Emergency in the Workplace

Ken Walker
workplace emergency

Emergencies can happen all the time, and no one knows what will be the scenario. But you can prepare yourself to recover from the emergency in the workplace. Many events can put your company out of business at least for a short time, including fire damage, earthquake, flood, and hurricane. All you need to plan for the emergency recovery that helps you to reduce the possible risks. There are some common elements that all emergencies have, including the loss of access to facilities, information, and people. Here, we will discuss the workplace emergency action plan that will help you recover from an emergency in the workplace.

Recovering from an emergency in the workplace: emergency action plan steps

Let’s find out together what the emergency action plans steps involve in the recovering process are:

Review and Identify the Objectives:

First off, all you need to review the performance of response planning and preparedness for your business or company. It may include business continuity, hazard deterrence, emergency response, regulatory compliance, and risk mitigation.

Do Risk Assessment:

Perform a risk assessment and review what will be the hazard during the emergency scenarios.
Classify Response Resources:

Check the capabilities and availability of your company’s resources to help your company stabilize the situation, such as external sources, people, equipment, and system in your company.

Create an emergency response team:

This is one of the key steps of the workplace emergency action plan. It requires the role-specific training, good knowledge about the response plan, and effective cooperation between external responders and your team members.

Assess Applicable Regulations:

You need to assess which regulations for response planning is relevant to your facility. Moreover, evaluate how you can ensure compliance with your plan.

Establish a Protective Action Response strategy:

Assess and develop a life protective action plan that includes evacuation, shelter-in-place, and others.

Develop Hazard Response Strategy:

Now, develop a hazard response strategy that depends on the hazard-specific information and response planning structure. You may include it within the workplace emergency action plan or create a separate plan.

Coordinate with emergency services:

You need to coordinate with the public emergency services like medical emergency services, fire, police, and others to determine their response time and understand their capabilities to recover from an emergency.

Emergency Response Training:

Training is very crucial for your employees. This way, they can know better what to do in an emergency situation. Also, conduct response drills and exercises such as evacuation drills that help them to how to respond and deploy response tactics and strategies and restore the business operations.

Bottom Line:

The emergency action plan should include the employees in the planning process. You should specify every employee’s role during the emergency situation and make sure that all your employees receive emergency response training. Include your employees in your planning process and encourage them to give suggestions about worst-case scenarios, potential risks, and others. Once you create a plan, review it with all your team. Provide a copy of this emergency action plan for all your employees.

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