Emergency response plans are a vital part of any work site. A strong, well-rehearsed emergency response plan can help minimize the stress related to making critical decisions on the spot. It provides an element of control in potentially chaotic circumstances.
In developing an emergency response plan, an employer and affected workers identify all emergency situations that could reasonably occur at the work site, and figure out how to respond to each. The plan documents the response procedures; the designated emergency responders and the training they need; and equipment, supply, and facility requirements.
Learn how to develop an emergency response plan. For more information, as well as templates that can help with the process, see Emergency response planning: an occupational health and safety tool kit.