Archive | September, 2017

Is Your Company Prepared For A Workplace Emergency?

14 Sep

New & Revised Cal/OSHA Emergency Evacuation Regulations . . . 

  1. Identify procedures for emergency evacuations, including types of evacuations and exit routes
  2. Procedures for any employees who remain to operate critical operations before they exit
  3. How you account for all employees after emergency evacuation.
  4. Preferred means for reporting fires and other emergencies.
  5. Names or titles of persons to contact for more information

Regulatory Requirements:

  • Alarms
  • Hazard evaluation
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Training
  • Exit routes

Natural Disasters:

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population’s resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
Although there is often little that can be done to prevent a natural disaster, people can take steps to reduce the effect that it has on themselves and their property. Whether at work or at home, it’s a good idea to be prepared.

Workplace Violence:

Workplace violence has emerged as an important safety and health issue in today’s workplace. Workplace violence is any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting. A workplace may be any location either permanent or temporary where an employee performs any work-related duty. This includes buildings and surrounding perimeters such as parking lots, field locations, clients’ homes and traveling to and from work assignments.
This violence can be verbal threats or bodily harm, striking, pushing and other aggressive physical acts. In addition verbal harassment such as offensive language, gestures, disorderly conduct (shouting, throwing or pushing objects and slamming doors). OSHA has strict guidelines on dealing with workplace violence. Training and education ensures that the company and all staff is aware of potential security hazards and ways of protecting themselves.
Evacuation: Sound the Alarm:
  • Alert others
  • Get out of danger
  • Activate alarm
  • Follow reporting procedure
Emergency Contacts:
  • Emergency coordinator
  • Response teams
  • Fire department
  • Police
  • Ambulance
Evacuation: Assignments:
  • Coordinators
  • Evacuation assistants
  • Shutdown
  • Medical
  • Fire/Hazmat
Evacuation: Preparedness:
  • Evacuation routes
  • Assembly area
  • Drills
  • Fire exits
Evacuation: Procedures:
  • Signal
  • Get to safety
  • Shutdown
  • Emergency duties
  • Evacuation
  • Assembly area
Key Points to Remember:
  • Be prepared for all types of emergencies
  • Prevention is easier and safer than emergency response
  • Know evacuation routes, emergency procedures, and assignments
  • Take fire drills seriously and participate actively
  • If you have questions, ask your supervisor

Reminder: 

Safety & Emergency Prevention Are Vital

Employers must have a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
If you have any questions about this topic, please contact us!
We welcome and appreciate your feedback. Send questions on this topic and one of our expert team members will contact you. Cal Work Safety has the background & experience on this issue.
Call:  949-533-3742
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