An emergency plan is a written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in an emergency.
What do I Consider when Preparing an Emergency Plan
Emergency plans should be easy to understand and tailored to the specific workplace where they apply. In preparing an emergency plan consider:
- the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace
- the nature of the hazards at the workplace
- the size and location of the workplace
- the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.
What should an Emergency Plan include?
An emergency plan must include:
- emergency procedures
- frequent testing of emergency procedures
- information, training, and instruction to relevant workers to implement the emergency procedures.
- workers who travel to work, work alone or at remote locations (including procedures for managing off-site emergency situations)
- workplaces with confined spaces or that use fall arrest systems
- neighbouring businesses (such as hazardous chemical spills or bushfires)
- people sleeping on-site (such as hotels)
- large numbers of people at the site at the same time (such as stadiums)
- high-risk chemical processes and major hazard facilities
- significant cash handling, particularly outside normal business hours
It is a legal requirement that all workplaces have an emergency plan.
No one can predict when an emergency is going to take place. Emergency situations may arise due to a fire, explosion, chemical spill, medical emergency, natural disaster, bomb threat or violence. Your plans will help staff and visitors in any type of emergency.
Having a pre-prepared plan is the best way to respond to an emergency before it happens. Your plans will help workers and visitors in the event of an emergency.
A work-related emergency could be any event that endangers workers, visitors or members of the general public, causes damage or disrupts workplace operations.
Source: SafeWork NSW