Workplace emergencies can strike at any time, so it’s essential that effective plans be put in place to reduce damage, injury and even loss of life. Workers affected by any serious injury or illness that occurred at work should not only report the incident as soon as possible, but also seek advice from legal professionals like Sinnamon Lawyers . There may be support available that can help affected workers get back of their feet. Below are some guidelines on reducing the likelihood of emergencies at work through planning.
Train Staff to Respond to Emergencies
Train key team members so that they have the knowledge to respond effectively in the case of an emergency. This could mean different things depending on the workplace and context, but should include how to deal with an unfolding emergency, how to identify hazards, and how to manage people during unsafe situations. Ensure that there are workers with current first aid certificates on every shift so there is always someone who is trained to assist with an immediate medical response.
Implement Workplace Safety Measures
A workplace that has a commitment to safety can reduce their chances of a medical or injury related emergency arising. An important part of implementing effective workplace safety measures is periodically review and reporting on effectiveness. This can mean inspections of machinery and equipment, training refreshers for staff to ensure they are completing duties in the correct way, and ongoing monitoring to ensure staff are actually complying with these procedures.
Have an Evacuation Plan
Some emergencies such as fire, chemical spill or bomb threat may warrant the complete evacuation of the building. It’s important that businesses have a plan for where everyone (including customers) will meet and how everyone will be accounted for. Unfolding emergencies are often chaotic and require direct action. It’s important that if the alarm needs to be raised, a coordinated and methodical evacuation plan has been developed and is ready to put into action.
Install Emergency Protection Systems and Equipment
Emergency protection equipment not only helps to save lives during an emergency but also can contain injuries, and limit damage caused to a building. Protection equipment for your workplace could include fire hoses and extinguishers, first aid equipment and chemical spill kits. Consider protection systems such as alarm systems and other emergency communication systems.
Seek Professional Help
It is difficult for businesses to effectively implement all of the necessary emergency procedures. There are a number of emergency consultants who can establish the correct framework for your environment. These consultants can also advise on the relevant legislation for your area, so you can be confident that you’re meeting all of your legal obligations with regard to safety.
By training staff, implementing safety procedures and providing access to the right equipment to combat an emergency situation, businesses can respond more effectively to emergencies and minimise their impact. When lives are potentially at stake, taking action to prevent emergencies in any way possible is something that should always be looked at.