At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- List items in a typical emergency action plan
- List types of employee roles in an emergency
- List sources for medical care in an emergency
- Identify different types of emergency personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Describe requirements for evacuation routes, exits, and assembly points
- State why emergency training is important
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What is an emergency action plan?
A plan set up by your employer that explains procedures to follow during an emergency.
What should I know about alarms, alerts, and warning systems?
Know how to set off alarms at appropriate times, know what all alarms, alerts, and warnings mean, and know what to do if they are turned on.
What should I know about emergency medical care?
Know procedures for getting medical care onsite and how to call for off-site medical care when necessary.
What is an emergency shelter?
A safe place inside your work place where you should go in the event of some emergencies, such as a tornado. Your employer should identify these safe places and explain to you when you should go there.
How should I leave the work area during an emergency?
You should know the primary and secondary evacuation route. Try to use the primary route first, and then the secondary. Take the evacuation route through the emergency exit and gather at the emergency assembly point.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
Every year, workplace emergencies cause thousands of injuries and deaths in the United States. These emergencies may be natural or manmade, and include:
•Fires and explosions
•Floods and blizzards
•Hurricanes and tornadoes
•Earthquakes and tsunamis
•Chemical spills and toxic gas releases
•Workplace violence, bomb threats, and civil disturbances
During emergencies, the situation is often made worse by panic, confusion, lack of information, incorrect information, and limited visibility.
Workplaces and employees that have prepared in advance often have a better chance of surviving the crisis.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
- OSHA Safety and Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html
- OSHA eTools - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/index.html
- OSHA Training Publications - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3088.pdf
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – www.cdc.gov/niosh/
- Emergency Preparedness - http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emergency.html
- Emergency Action Plan Template - http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/emrgact/emrgact.pdf