Nobody expects an emergency or disaster. Yet emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Organisation’s should establish effective safety and health management systems and prepare their workers to handle emergencies before they arise.
Emergency planning is part of an overall strategy for preventing and minimising the effects of major accidents to people and the environment. There are three basic parts of this major accident/incident strategy;
- Identification / vulnerability assessment – organisations holding more than specified quantities of dangerous substances should notify their presence to the enforcing authority and conduct a vulnerability assessment;
- Prevention and control – by applying appropriate controls based on an assessment of the hazards, risks and possible consequences, the likelihood of a major accident can be minimised; and
- Mitigation – even with the best controls, major accidents will never be eliminated so the effects of any that do occur should be kept as small as possible. Emergency planning is one of the principal steps to achieving this.
Is your organisation prepared?
Preparedness is essential for effective response to a foreseeable, but, unplanned event.
- Organise and train
- Evaluate and improve
GHS consultants and our partners can help your business assess the effectiveness of your emergency planning, preparedness and offer constructive advice based on our deep knowledge and experience in this area which will improve your emergency planning processes, productivity and safety culture in your organisation.