Emergency Planning

A definite plan to deal with major emergencies is an important element of OH&S

Besides the major benefit of providing guidance during an emergency, developing
the plan has other advantages. You may discover unrecognized hazardous
conditions that would aggravate an emergency situation and you can work to
eliminate them. The planning process may bring to light deficiencies, such as
the lack of resources (equipment, trained personnel, supplies), or items that
can be rectified before an emergency occurs. In addition an emergency plan
promotes safety awareness and shows the organization's commitment to the safety
of workers.

The lack of an emergency plan could lead to severe losses such as multiple
casualties and possible financial collapse of the organization.

An attitude of "it can't happen here" may be present. People may not be willing
to take the time and effort to examine the problem. However, emergency planning
is an important part of company operation.

Since emergencies will occur, preplanning is necessary to prevent possible
disaster. An urgent need for rapid decisions, shortage of time, and lack of
resources and trained personnel can lead to chaos during an emergency. Time and
circumstances in an emergency mean that normal channels of authority and
communication cannot be relied upon to function routinely. The stress of the
situation can lead to poor judgement resulting in severe losses.

Learn more about

  • What is the overall objective of the plan?

  • What is a vulnerability assessment?

  • What are technological and natural hazards?

  • What is the series of events or decisions that should be considered?

  • What are elements of the emergency plan?

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety