There is a wide range of potential emergencies that may effect your business, these include:

  • natural disasters – for example earthquakes, slips, flooding or heavy snowfall
  • man-made emergencies – for examples robbery, vehicle theft, chemical spill, gas leak, fire
  • vehicle accidents – for example minor crashes or serious incidents.

Planning for possible emergencies

Here are some questions to include in your discussions with staff when planning for emergencies.

  • What are the types of emergencies specific to your business, industry or region?
  • How would you deal with a medical emergency? Have you got the equipment and communications systems to respond effectively?
  • What procedures and polices do we need in place to cover the safety of our employees, contractors and other visitors to our workplace in the event of an emergency?
  • What procedures and policies do we need in place to deal with an emergency while away from the workplace? Do we have first aid kits in vehicles and a means of communication?
  • Who is in charge during an emergency (fire wardens etc) and have they been trained appropriately?
  • Are evacuation plans and emergency phone numbers on display at the workplace and available to those that work offsite?
  • Have you held an evacuation drill in the past six months? Do staff know what to do?
  • Do we regularly check and maintain our emergency equipment eg smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting etc
  • Have we considered our health and safety duties under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO 1996) when handling and transporting hazardous substances?