CTEH How-To: Emergency Action Plans

Emergencies happen. If an incident occurs at your workplace, do you have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place to get employees out swiftly and safely? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), if executed properly, comprehensive EAPs can help reduce injuries, property damage and other negative impacts for both businesses and employees. CTEH is here to explain more:

What’s the recommended first step when creating an EAP?

When developing an EAP, employers should first evaluate their workplaces. They should take into account the number of employees and their roles; buildings or facilities’ layouts and structures; and emergency systems already in place (i.e., fire alarms). If possible, management should include employees in the evaluation process in order to identify and develop solutions for all potential workplace and evacuation hazards.

What’s the key to ensuring EAPs work as they’re intended?

As OSHA says, “you will need responsible, trained individuals who can supervise and coordinate activities to ensure a safe and successful evacuation.” In addition to designating and training these individuals, companies should educate all employees about different types of emergencies and how to effectively respond to them. To ensure employees stay up-to-date, companies should host regular practice drills and post their EAPs in easily accessible areas.

Does your business need help developing an EAP or training employees on evacuation or shutdown procedures? Contact CTEH at 501-801-8500 or email webquestion@cteh.com.

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