Does Your Company Need an Emergency Preparedness Plan?
By Charles S. Touché - Vice President
Whether it’s a man-made or natural disaster, your company needs to know how to respond best, prioritizing safety for both employees and clients.
Traditional and emerging risks — ranging from severe weather to an influenza pandemic — could potentially cripple your company’s operations. But with an Emergency Preparedness Plan, your team will feel confident and ready to address any obstacles at-hand.
We answered some of the commonly asked questions about Emergency Preparedness Plans.
Do I need an Emergency Preparedness Plan?
Most likely. Almost every business with a physical location is required to have an Emergency Preparedness Plan, also called an Emergency Management Plan (EMP).
If fire extinguishers are required or provided in your workplace, and if anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency, then OSHA's [29 CFR 1910.157] requires you to have an EMP.
The only exception to this is if you have an in-house fire brigade in which every employee is trained and equipped to fight fires, and consequently, no one evacuates.
What are the minimum requirements for an EMP?
Putting together a comprehensive EMP that deals with those issues specific to your worksite is not difficult. It involves an evaluation of your workplace and identifying any hazards that pose a risk to your business. Contact Lovitt & Touché for more information on how to implement these requirements.
I have identified the risks. Now what?
Your evaluation gave your team some valuable insights, like how employees will respond to different types of emergencies – now it’s time to put these learnings into action. Partner with an EMP expert to be sure you’re accurately assessing risks and are in compliance with all CMS regulations. Remember to consider your specific worksite layout, structural features and emergency systems.
I have a lot to do, why is this so important?
Businesses that don’t have a disaster preparedness or natural disaster recovery plan are less likely to reopen or recover after an incident. The January 2014 Global Catastrophe Recap reported that severe weather alone caused $3 billion in damages in 2013.
To provide you with the highest level of service, we’ve partnered with Copperstate Consulting, which provides unique insights into implementing Emergency Preparedness Plans —so your organization is ready in case disaster strikes.
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