An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is absolutely essential for an office. It is the best way to protect employees from natural disasters and man-made hazards, which could pose a threat to their lives. Here are a few simple guidelines to follow:
Make Sure the Plan is Clear
Each employee should know how they’ll be informed of an emergency, where to exit and gather, the fastest routes, how to check in as “safe” and who the emergency coordinators are.
Follow the Chain of Command
Be sure to follow the instructions of the designated emergency coordinators to ensure the evacuation and/or response runs smoothly to prevent and avoid further injury to evacuees.
Practice Saves Lives
Even if there’s never an emergency, routinely practicing your EAP for various situations is vital. Although it is difficult to simulate the stress and/or danger of an emergency, employees who participate should take each exercise seriously and treat them as if they are a real emergency situation.
If you’d like to learn more about emergency action planning, please reach out to our HR department or refer to your online training portal.