In many parts of the country, spring signals the beginning of
tornado season. But it's also a good time for employers to evaluate their workplace emergency action plan to determine readiness for any disaster – natural and man-made.
Most people can't think clearly in a crisis. That's why regular, hands-on drills should be a part of any emergency plan. It's always easier to prepare for an emergency than to have to explain why you didn't when someone is injured or killed.
What is an Emergency Action Plan?
An emergency action plan should be tailored to the organization; buildings that house hazardous materials, for example, might have a more complex plan than an office building. The plan has to work for
all employees, regardless of their physical abilities, and it must be applicable to multiple types of disasters.
When dealing with fire, a bomb threat,
workplace-violence event, gas leak or hazardous materials spill, it's best to evacuate. Threats that call for sheltering in place include external hazmat incidents and
OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.38 states that an action plan must include procedures for:
one employee per shift also needs to have adequatetraining in first aid if a clinic or hospital is farther than 3 or 4 minutes from the business.
Learn more about OSHA Standards CFR 1910.38.
New: NSC Emergency Preparedness Training
NSC Emergency Preparedness training consists of eight independent modules to match your specific training needs. You can also customize the training by adding your company policies, videos or polls to the PowerPoint slides included in the Facilitator Kit.
Bring Safety Home
We need to be prepared for a disaster at home, too. With Window Safety Week in April, we are reminded that windows play a major role in emergency evacuation. Windows, when used as escape routes, can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire or other natural disaster – but only if family members know what to do.
Learn more about window safety.
NSC Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Our 24/7 society keeps us continually connected, with cell phones, dashboard infotainment systems and voice command features. But just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever. Help save lives.
Share the Just Drive message.
Workers Memorial Day
Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is a national observance to honor workers who died on the job, acknowledge their families' suffering and to recommit to safe and healthful workplaces. With workplace fatalities rising, show your commitment to safety with the
Pledge to be Safe at Work.