We insure some outstanding businesses in the area and this topic seems to come up more often than not. Emergency Action Plans (EAP) can seem self-explanatory, but when severe weather strikes or the fire alarms are sounding in your facility your company has to be prepared. We often assume that employees know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency, but this is not always the case. An EAP is a written document with the purpose to facilitate and organize employers and employees actions during work place emergencies. Check out some requirements/suggestions on how to form an EAP for your company.
The plan must include but is not limited to;
- Documented evacuation/shelter in place procedures and emergency escape route assignments
- Identification of rescue and medical services/duties
- Communication to employees of the names of people who can be contacted for more information
- Procedures to account for all employees who must remain to operate or shut down critical equipment
- A means of reporting fires and other emergencies, such as a tornado to all employees quickly.
- Evacuation map visible to all employees throughout the facility
- Rescue and medical duties outlined for employees
Local fire departments will often provide assistance in determining your tornado shelter, evacuation routes, and exterior assembly points.
For further insight visit: www.osha.gov