Although many emergencies are often unpredictable, much can be done to prevent and mitigate their effects as well as to strengthen the response capacity of the organisations at risk.

Proper planning will assist in minimising the consequences. Good planning will also optimise the use of resources.

A detailed emergency response plan provides guidance for organisations and employees in the event of an emergency / incident. Having a plan will help employees make wise timely decisions through the chaos.

Beside having a written plan, it’s also critical for an organisation to establish a team to lead others in the event of an emergency / incident, naturally the size of the team and the scope of the emergency response plans will depend upon many factors, including the size of the organisation, distribution of their assets, critical infrastructure and risk profile.

Hand writing with markerThe emergency plan should address the response required during every phase of the emergency, both the immediate needs and the longer-term recovery. The first few hours after the accident occurs is the ‘critical’ phase of an accident / incident response, when key decisions, which will greatly affect the success of any mitigation measures, must be made under considerable pressure and within a short period of time. Therefore, a detailed understanding of the likely sequence of events and appropriate countermeasures will greatly benefit anyone who may reasonably be expected to have a role to play.

GHS consultants and our partners can help your business develop, implement, assess and test the effectiveness of your emergency management processes and offer constructive advice based on our deep knowledge and experience in this area which will improve your resilience in crisis management, productivity and safety culture in your organisation.