What is an Emergency Response Procedure?
An emergency response procedure is the plan of actions that are to be taken in the event of an emergency. The procedure should be designed to protect life and minimise the loss of property and protect the environment.
The procedure should be specific to the type of potential emergency situations that could occur and should be reviewed and updated regularly along with related aspects of the health and safety management system. The procedure should be well-documented and known to all employees.
What is an Emergency?
A workplace emergency can be described as an actual or imminent occurrence (such as fire, flood, storm, earthquake, explosion, terrorist act, accident, epidemic or warlike action) which:
- Endangers, or threatens to endanger, the safety or health of persons or animals.
- Destroys or damages, or threatens to destroy or damage, property.
- Is a situation that requires a significant and coordinated response.
What are the Steps in an Emergency Response Procedure?
Emergency response steps are important to follow to ensure the safety of those involved and to minimise damage. The general steps of an emergency response procedure are:
The Emergency Management Process
- Pre-planning – this step involves establishing planned reactions to emergency situations when responding to a potential emergency. This plan should include:
o Who will be responsible for each task
o The performance and capabilities of all relevant interested parties.
o The resources that will be needed.
o What the evacuation route will be.
o Getting emergency information to contractors, visitors and any other persons that may be onsite at the time.
- Notification – this step involves notifying the appropriate personnel, such as emergency responders and advising of the emergency. This can be done through a variety of means, such as a telephone number call, a fire alarm system, a public address system or a radio broadcast, etc. For notifications, the caller should state:
o Caller’s name.
o The nature of the emergency.
o The location of the emergency.
o What support is needed for the response team.
o How many people are involved.
- Assessment – Once the appropriate personnel have been notified of the emergency, they will need to assess the situation to determine the best course of action. This assessment will consider the severity of the emergency and the potential for escalation.
- Evacuation – this step involves all persons evacuating the building or work area to a designated assembly point to protect their health and safety.
- Stabilization – this step involves controlling the work environment where possible so that the damage does not get worse.
- Post emergency activities – after an emergency, it is important that the incident scene is secured until it can be examined and all evidence collected, including any relevant documented information. It is vital to gather as much information and evidence as possible to assist with an investigation and determine what caused the emergency.
Note: When seconds count, the importance of emergency response cannot be understated. Every year, emergency response services and government authorities save countless lives and their efforts are crucial in minimizing the impact of natural disasters and other catastrophic events.
Contents of this AS/NZS ISO 45001 Emergency Response Procedure
- Terms and Definitions.
- Roles, Duties and Responsibilities.
- Emergency Response Overview.
- Emergency Response Process Flowchart.
- Approach to Emergency Management.
- Communicating and Capabilities of all Relevant Interested Parties.
- Emergency Actions.
- Declaring an Emergency.
- Requesting Emergency Services.
- Emergency Contacts.
- Service Contacts.
- Directions for Emergency Services.
- Procedures When Fire Is Discovered.
- Discovery by a Single Person.
- Discovery by Two Persons.
- Basic Rules and Precautions When Fighting Fires.
- Explosive Fires.
- Chemical Spills.
- Gas Leak.
- Bomb Threat.
- Post-Emergency Drill Activities.
- Post-Emergency Activities – Debriefing and Support.
- Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
- Review Criteria.
- Record Management.
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- All persons are protected, as far as reasonably practicable, against injury or loss of life.
- Damage to the natural and social environment is minimized.
- The potential for asset loss is mitigated.
- The reputation of the company and its workers are protected.
- Business continuity and recovery are assured.
- Legal risks are minimized, including local community risks.
Note: Refer above to the ‘Contents of this Emergency Response Procedure’ to see what types of emergencies and actions are covered in this template.
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