Thursday, November 23, 2006

Incidents - immediate response

By definition (see previous post) the occurrence of an accident means someone has been hurt, and they will need to be attended to. Even where someone has not been hurt, the occurrence of an incident means that something unplanned has occurred, and this may have created a hazard. Therefore robust procedures and arrangements are required to respond to incidents.

The purpose of emergency procedures is to mobilise the appropriate resources to minimise the harm caused by an incident. There are clearly different levels of response, ranging from local personnel responding through to calling in some or all of the emergency services.

Wherever possible, part of the immediate response should be to preserve the scene of the incident so that it can be investigated.

If there has been a fatality or very serious injury the police must be notified.

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