999 days out of 1000, you won’t need to evacuate due to an emergency, but on the one day you do, a plan could save lives. How do you create a plan you can execute in a pinch? The following documents and links will help.
We recently had to evacuate our building due to a gas leak, and the process worked like clockwork. The evacuation announcement sounded over the PA system, the Emergency Action coordinator produced the employee rosters and herded us all out the proper exits to the meeting spots across the street, called roll and all were accounted for. If it had been an earthquake, fire or explosion and we didn’t have a plan in place, we would have no meeting spot or way to know whether anyone was still inside.
- Emergency Action Plan Program & Training Material
- Emergency Action Plan Powerpoint Presentation
- Safety Matters – Earthquake Safety
More OSHA and Cal OSHA Emergency Action Plan Resources:
The online OSHA expert will help an employer write a customized plan. Answers to a series of online questions help develop a plan: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/expertsystem/default.htm#
Cal/OSHA emergency regulations on this are at http://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3220.html.
Guide to creating your Emergency Action Plan CA OSHA EAP factsheet which helps focus the wide range of emergency action scenarios.
OSHA Exit Routes Fact Sheet: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/emergency-exit-routes-factsheet.pdf
OSHA Workplace Emergency Planning & Response Fact Sheet: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-workplaceevergencies.pdf