AS/NZS ISO 14001 Emergency Preparedness Procedure

AS/NZS ISO 14001 Emergency Preparedness Procedure

This emergency preparedness procedure can assist your business comply with AS/NZS ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems clause 8.2, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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What are AS/NZS ISO 14001 Emergency Preparedness Procedures?

Emergency preparedness procedures are the plans and actions that are taken in advance to deal with an identified emergency. They are designed to protect people and property and minimise the effects of an emergency on the environment.

Many different types of emergencies can occur, ranging from natural disasters to minor accidents and bomb threats. As such, emergency preparedness procedures must be tailored to the specific type of emergency that is likely to occur.

Why are Emergency Preparedness Procedures Important?

Emergency preparedness procedures are very important because they can help save lives and minimise damage in the event of an emergency. By having an emergency response plan or procedure to follow and knowing what to do in an emergency, people can be better prepared to respond quickly and effectively. It is also important for a business to have clear and concise emergency procedures in place and to ensure that all employees are familiar with them.

There are generally six main components to emergency preparedness procedures which include:

1. Evacuation planning.

2. Potential emergency situations, exercises and drills.

3. Emergency equipment and resources.

4. Prevent, mitigate and control an emergency (including an environmental emergency).

5. First aid and medical assistance.

6. Business recovery.


Upon activation of an emergency or the sounding of an emergency alarm, all persons at a workplace should assemble in a designated assembly area and await further instructions from the emergency controller(s). From there a move to a safer area can be coordinated if deemed necessary. All persons at a workplace should receive instructions about how to safely evacuate. Evacuation instructions should include all information about:

  • The location of the safety reference points for a workplace.
  • The procedures for evacuating a workplace safely in the event of an emergency.

Note: All designated assembly areas should be sign-posted.

Emergency Exercises and Drills

Emergency exercises and drills are activities that are done to prepare for an emergency. They help people to be ready for anything that might happen and to know what to do in different situations. There are many different types of emergency exercises and drills, and it is important to choose the ones that are right for your situation. Some of the most common emergency exercises and drills include natural disasters, medical emergencies, earthquakes, storms and fire drills. It may also be important to have a plan for what to do if there is a power outage too.

Emergency exercises should be conducted to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of emergency procedures.
  • Validate the competency of key personnel.
  • Assess our capability to respond to an emergency.
  • Reinforce prior training.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement.

Emergency exercises must be designed to systematically include everyone likely to be involved in an emergency and may be in the form of:

  • Simulated emergencies.
  • Practical drills.
  • Desktop exercises.
  • Resources and equipment checks.
  • Other relevant exercises regarding accidents or emergency situations.

Emergency Equipment and Resources

In the event of an emergency, it is critical to have the right equipment and resources on hand to ensure everyone’s health and safety. At a minimum, all buildings and machinery should be fitted with appropriate fire-fighting equipment in the form of extinguishers, hose reels and/or fire blankets. Medical equipment and trained first aid personnel should also be available for any potential medical emergency.

Controlling an Emergency Situation

If you find yourself in an emergency, it is important to stay calm and think clearly. There are a few key steps you can take to help control the situation and stay safe. Effective communication is a key factor in a planned response to an emergency.

To ensure effective communication, all persons must try to remain calm and pass on facts (either verbally or by phone) that can be used to determine the level of response required for the emergency. It is also important that a trained and competent person take control of the situation and delegate the required tasks and actions needed.

First Aid and Medical Assistance

Every workplace must determine the number of first aid or medical attendants they require to ensure adequate coverage. This should be done considering the size of the workplace and the number of personnel and:

  • Shift arrangements in place.
  • Leave and other absence coverage.
  • Local legislative requirements.

Note: First aid or medical training must be provided by an appropriately authorised training provider and the courses must be certified.

Business Recovery

Business recovery is the process by which an affected organization regains normal operations following an emergency. Aspects that may need to be considered and prioritized include:

  • The extent of external resources required.
  • The assets and projects that are affected.
  • The financial impacts and expected recovery expenses.
  • If there are any ongoing business threats.
  • If there are any further interruptions to the business expected.
  • The associated constraints on other assets or projects.
  • The resumption of operations.
  • The impact on the environment and clients.
  • The impacts on suppliers.
  • The repair of equipment and property.

Note: During the recovery process, the focus should be on returning all systems to normal status or rebuilding these systems to a new condition that is less vulnerable.

Contents of this AS/NZS ISO 14001 Emergency Preparedness Procedure

  • Approval.
  • Purpose.
  • Scope.
  • Terms and Definitions.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Procedures.
  • Emergency Preparedness Overview.
  • Emergency Preparedness Process Activity Map.
  • Workplace Specific Induction and Visitor Briefing.
  • Establishing and Controlling an Emergency Situation.
  • Emergency Exercises.
  • Emergency Alarms and Assembly Points.
  • Emergency Response with External Emergency Services.
  • General Fire Prevention.
  • Fire Fighting Equipment.
  • Fire Fighting Equipment Plan.
  • Provision of First Aid.
  • First Aid Attendant Numbers and Training.
  • Fire Wardens.
  • Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Chemicals.
  • Maintenance and Testing.
  • Testing of Equipment.
  • Fire Extinguisher Mounting.
  • Emergency Eye Wash Facilities.
  • Evacuation Procedure .
  • Evacuation Diagram.
  • Signage.
  • Training.
  • Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
  • Review Criteria.
  • Record Management.
  • References.

Why Choose to Buy this AS/NZS ISO 14001 Emergency Preparedness Procedure

This 13-page AS/NZS ISO 14001 emergency preparedness procedure can provide you with the necessary guidelines for the provision and maintenance of emergency response capabilities, including (but, not limited to):

  • Emergency facilities – first aid and firefighting.
  • Emergency response personnel – competent first-aiders, fire wardens etc.
  • Emergency resources.

The procedure prescribes the resources that may be needed and actions to follow to minimise the negative impacts on people, assets and the environment in the event of an emergency.

After purchasing this AS/NZS ISO 14001 emergency preparedness procedure you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own emergency preparedness procedure.
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  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of the size or type of organization.

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