Emergency Plan

Last Updated: April 26, 2018

Definition - What does Emergency Plan mean?

An emergency plan is a document prepared by employers to prepare and co-ordinate the procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency in the workplace. The purpose of an emergency plan is to reduce the impact of an emergency situation on the business and the employees by setting out clear guidelines of the responses required of all involved. An emergency plan is sometimes called an emergency action plan.

WorkplaceTesting explains Emergency Plan

In the workplace, the employer is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to prepare and maintain an emergency plan for likely emergency types. The document, along with the appropriate training of the employees, is aimed at reducing injury to people and destruction of the workplace by promoting a calm and prepared response to an emergency situation. The emergency plan typically consists of 4 main aspects. These are reporting the event, the evacuation plan and route, vital processes, and a roll call of evacuees in the designated safe zone.

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