Emergency Action Plans: Motivate Everyone To Be Ready!

On Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Most companies have learned the necessity of having a fully integrated safety program.  The range of subjects covers safety training, inspections, hazardous material handling, accident investigations, required safety equipment – the list goes on.  What safety programs are all too often missing is an Emergency Action Plan.

An Emergency Action Plan addresses all potential emergencies which can be reasonably expected in a given workplace.   Management should take the responsibility to see that such a plan is instituted and that it’s reviewed frequently.    However, employees also play a key role in its development, not to mention implementation.

Their input will help management be aware of their potential concerns, especially from those with disabilities.  They can assist with developing emergency escape route procedures and route assignments for workforce departments and shifts.  It’s the employees who must be trained to assist in an orderly evacuation since it’s their boots that will be on the ground if and when an emergency occurs.

Workplace safety is everyone’s concern.   But asking the employees step-up to assume any number of the needed Emergency Action Plan roles is much easier when they are motivated to do so.   If there’s ever a situation when safety motivation is most needed, it’s preparing for an emergency ahead of time.

Generally, OSHA will consider an Emergency Action Plan effective if its structure appropriate to the size of the organization and for the potential risks in the company’s operations, not to mention other possible hazards (ie. Earthquakes in California).   Motivating your workforce to share ownership in the Plan helps assure that effectiveness.