Working With Disaster - Part 2

When the hospital asks you "who is to be notified in the case of an emergency?", always reply with "a very good doctor!"

What to include in an emergency plan

  1. Emergency procedures to ensure an effective response to an emergency. To decide what emergency to prepare for always consider the scope and nature of your business's undertakings. For example, working in New Zealand would definitely require consideration for major earthquakes. Consider also the size and location of your organisation. Make sure to include evacuation procedures and procedures for notifying emergency services at the earliest opportunity.
  2. Medical treatment and assistance procedures. For example, where the first aid kit or eyewash is located.
  3. Procedures to make sure there is effective communication between the person authorised by you to coordinate the emergency response and all other persons at the workplace. This may be an alarm and/or PA system.
  4. Plan for testing the emergency procedures, including the frequency of testing, information, training, and instruction to be given to relevant workers for implementing the emergency procedures. The most effective way to test your emergency plan is to run drills, have a certain number of drills conducted each year. Report to all on the effectiveness of your drill. Adopt a "no-blame culture" to aid an effective improvement pathway for all.
  5. Your emergency plan should include a detailed floor plan showing where emergency equipment and first aid supplies can be found, and the location of utilities.

ThinkSafe members have access to an Emergency Plan template.


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