Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Emergency procedures

It is vital that organisations make arrangements to deal with foreseeable emergencies and that everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs. Procedures are an important part of these arrangements. The types of event that should be covered include fire, explosion, toxic release, someone being injured, bomb threat and security incidents.

Emergency procedures should cover:

* Raising the alarm if someone discovers and emergency situation;
* Initiating emergency response;
* Evacuation;
* Calling emergency services;
* Dealing with casualties;
* All clear.

Emergency procedures need to be particularly clear and concise; and readily available. People should be trained in them so they know what to do immediately.

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