“The OSHA Emergency Action Plan standard (§ 29 CFR 1910.38(a)) sets minimum requirements for what the Plan should include when a workplace has an emergency action plan. Employers with more than 10 employees must have such a plan in writing.” “An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards. [29 CFR 1910.38(a)] “
“What is an Emergency?
An emergency is a sudden unforeseen crisis, usually involving danger, which calls for immediate action.
It is a situation that can directly or indirectly affect a single employee, an entire workplace, or impact a
whole community. Emergencies can happen before, during or after work hours and be caused by a range
of events and hazards involving both nature and people.” <Cal/OSHA Title 8, section 3220>
Develop your culture of safety using appropriate bite-sized pieces.
|JAN||Introduction video | Download App||
IIPP Element 1, Management Commitment
|FEB||Incident Command System | Titan, Broadcast messages||IIPP Element 2, Communications|
|MAR||Emergency Planning | Upload Emergency Materials||Element 3: Employee Compliance|
|APR||Emergency Triage |||Element 4: Hazard Assessment|
|MAY||Fire Safety | Titan ALERTS||Element 5: Hazard Correction|
|JUN||Searching | Status Requests||Element 6: Investigations|
|JUL||Terrorism | Lockdown||Element 7: Recordkeeping / Analysis|
|AUG||Active Shooter |||Element 8: Training|
|SEP||Family Preparedness | Texting|
|OCT||Implementation||Equipment / safety kits|
In a systemic emergency such as a earthquake, hurricane, fire, or flood, first responder resources will quickly be taxed to their limits.
BERT organizational principals teach several practical responses to an emergency, such as organization and deployment of large scale employee resources, using buddy systems to protect their own safety during incidents, and practical application strategies for documenting situation and resource status for proper transition to First Responders when they arrive.
Proper documentation is taught as critical for potential reimbursement or relief aid post-incident.
Those agencies that have chosen to not only prepare properly with an understanding of what an emergency looks and feels like from within, are those that have made the paradigm shift in thought to be able to react to a dynamic situation, and will recover more quickly. Fewer losses will result in a faster return to public service.