Risk Assesment and Preparation Of Emergency Action Plans
The foundation of any responsible risk-management strategy for one’s business or organization lies first and foremost in the recognition of risks, followed by the thoughtful preparation of clear and organized response plans, should any of those risks manifest themselves in an emergency event.
While many business managers and organizational leaders often rely on a “gut feeling” regarding their prioritization of risks, combined with a vague sense of strategies that they might attempt to activate as a response, such efforts are rarely sufficient- much less optimal- in times of an actual emergency.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates under 29 CFR 1910.38 (a) that employers maintain an emergency action plan, (EAP) keeping a written copy at the workplace available to employees for review. * (An employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally to employees.) The purpose of a properly structured EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies, so that everyone will understand their respective roles and responsibilities during an emergency event, thus minimizing injuries and property damage. Conversely, a poorly-prepared plan will likely lead to a disorganized evacuation or confused emergency response, with a higher probability of injuries and more extensive property damage.
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