Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 6, No. 4, April 2014
Developing an Emergency Action Plan
In an emergency, taking immediate and appropriate action is imperative. Having an established strategy in place can save precious minutes when an emergency strikes.
While an emergency evacuation strategy is an important part of a company’s emergency action plan, employees should also be trained in how to cope with other types of emergencies, such as on-site injuries. An emergency action plan should describe who should act and how to act during an emergency situation.
When developing an emergency action plan, first consider how your facility operates and what possible emergency scenarios might occur. Then consider how prepared your employees are to handle each type of emergency. mployees should be trained on specific emergency procedures. Routinely perform emergency drills and assess your team’s preparedness.
Your plan should include specific details, such as the following:
- Who calls 911?
- Who alerts others onsite of the injury/potential hazard?
- How should the emergency be communicated?
- Where are the methods of communication (e.g., radios, telephones) located?
- Who waits for and directs emergency responders?
- In case of evacuation, where should people gather and what do they do when they arrive at that predetermined location?
Although it is impossible to plan for every emergency, discussing known hazards with your staff will help identify the most likely emergency scenarios. Once a likely scenario has been identified, evaluate its worst-case outcome and train for it. Having a predetermined strategy in an emergency could save a life.
CARI’s 73rd Annual Convention
June 19–21, 2014
at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
in Montreal, Quebec
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 14, 2014
at Glen Abbey Golf Course
in Oakville, ON
CARI’s 17th Annual Consumers Night
October 20, 2014
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner
at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
April 6–10 Las Vegas, NV
ISRI’s Annual Convention & Exposition
April 7–9 Santiago, Chile
13th World Copper Conference
May 19–20 ; Hong Kong
CRU World Aluminium Conference
June 2–4 Miami, FL
BIR Spring Convention 2014
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