Safety and Security in Workplace Emergencies
June 20, 2018 - Many of us don't really believe that our organization will experience an emergency. If you're one of those folks, you need to put a greater priority on safety and security in the workplace because work emergencies have become more and more common in recent years. There is a lot of helpful information available on how to improve your safety and security quotient... we offer some in these articles.
Nobody expects an emergency or disaster -- especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it. This booklet is designed to help you, the employer, plan for that possibility. The best way to protect yourself, your workers, and your business is to expect the unexpected and develop a well-thought-out emergency action plan to guide you when immediate action is necessary.
Employers need to take the time ensure they have the training and planning in place to effectively respond to an emergency. Any unforeseen crisis that demands an immediate response is an emergency. Emergencies in the workplace can mean a disruption of work; harm to employees or customers; and damage to materials, equipment, or facilities.
For businesses of all sizes, knowing how to protect yourself, your property and your assets is crucial. In an age when anything can happen, anywhere, at any time, we should all be prepared to handle any situation. This takes real awareness of planning and diligence to stay on task.
We see emergencies reported on television and on the Web and we read about them in the news. We think emergencies won't happen to us. But what would you do if you had to respond to a bomb threat, an earthquake, or a fire? This guide asks you to think about such events where you work -- events that could affect you, your employees, your customers, or the public -- and helps you plan for them now.
By its very nature, no one can predict an emergency. But you can prepare for one. Employers need to take the time ensure they have the training and planning in place to effectively respond to an emergency. An emergency is defined as any unforeseen crisis that demands an immediate response.
Though safety cultures have existed in some fashion for decades, we're currently in the middle of a transformational shift. The advent of cyber security threats and more competitive work environments has pressured businesses to place a greater emphasis on the safety and security of their organization.
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