Emergency planning for your office workplace is essential to helping keep workers safe and your property protected. While your plan may not be able to address every type of emergency, it can include key components to help you and your employees effectively handle most incidents. An effective emergency plan should cover the following areas:
- Emergency escape procedures and routes, including floor plans with designated evacuation routes
- A system to account for all employees after an evacuation
- Rescue and first-aid care assignments for appropriately trained employees
- Preferred means of reporting fires and other emergencies
- Names, job titles, and telephone numbers of those responsible for the emergency action plan
If you don’t have an emergency plan other than a fire evacuation plan, put a planning team together that includes individuals from appropriate departments, such as human resources, legal, maintenance, and safety. You may also want to recruit workers who serve as volunteer first responders in their communities.
If you already have a documented plan, make sure you review it with your peers in other departments at least quarterly.
You may not be able to plan for every emergency, but having an up-to-date, well-maintained plan is the first step toward dealing with whatever situations arise.