Emergency planning is the course of action a company takes to minimise the effects of an incident or crisis. The main objective of emergency planning is to reduce injuries, protect the community and maintain business continuity.


The following list provides examples of potential workplace emergencies:

  • Fire Emergencies: Fires can result from various causes, including electrical faults, chemical mishaps, or human error.
  • Medical Emergencies: Medical emergencies like heart attacks, injuries, or sudden illnesses can happen at any workplace.
  • Natural Disasters: Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, or severe storms can disrupt workplaces.
  • Chemical Spills and Hazmat Incidents: Workplaces dealing with hazardous materials can experience chemical spills or hazardous material incidents.
  • Workplace Violence and Security Threats: Workplace violence incidents, including threats, assaults, or intruders, can pose a danger.

Developing effective emergency procedures in the workplace is crucial to ensure the safety of employees and protect business assets. Here are the basic steps to create an emergency procedure:

  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential hazards and risks specific to your workplace. Consider natural disasters, technological emergencies, human-caused incidents, and health-related emergencies. Consult experts or relevant authorities to assess risks accurately.
  • Emergency Response Team: Form an emergency response team comprising trained individuals responsible for various roles during emergencies (e.g., first aid, evacuation coordination, communication). Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member.
  • Communication Plan: Develop a communication plan that outlines how information will be shared during emergencies. Establish primary and backup methods of communication, including alarms, radios, phones, and emergency notification systems.
  • Evacuation Plans: Create clear and well-documented evacuation plans for different types of emergencies. Designate primary and alternative evacuation routes and assembly points. Ensure the plans consider individuals with disabilities or special needs.
  • Emergency Equipment and Supplies: Stock emergency equipment and supplies, such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, flashlights, and emergency food and water. Regularly inspect and maintain this equipment to ensure functionality.
  • Training and Drills: Train all employees on emergency procedures, including how to respond to various types of emergencies. Conduct regular drills and exercises to practice emergency responses and improve employee readiness.
  • Continuity of Operations: Develop a business continuity plan to ensure essential operations can continue during and after an emergency. Implement data backup and recovery strategies, identify off-site facilities, and establish contingency plans.
  • Review and Update: Periodically review and update the emergency procedures to adapt to changing circumstances or lessons learned from previous drills or real emergencies. Ensure that the procedures comply with local regulations and standards.
  • Documentation and Accessibility: Document all emergency procedures, plans, and contact information. Ensure that employees can easily access these documents in both digital and physical formats.
  • Employee Awareness: Promote awareness among employees regarding the importance of emergency preparedness and their roles in executing emergency procedures. Encourage reporting of potential hazards or safety concerns.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that your emergency procedures adhere to local, state, and federal regulations and industry-specific standards. Periodically review these regulations to stay in compliance.
  • Testing and Evaluation: Conduct periodic tests and evaluations of your emergency procedures to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement. Use feedback from drills and real emergencies to enhance the effectiveness of your procedures.
  • Emergency Contacts: Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers, including local emergency services, medical facilities, and key personnel within the organization. Remember that emergency procedures should be customized to the specific needs and risks of your workplace. Regular training, practice, and a commitment to safety are essential for ensuring the effectiveness of your emergency procedures.

Process Engineering might help you identify and develop the proper emergency planning procedures for your business and support you in all the associated processes like planning, emergency training and emergency exercises.

For additional information, please contact the technical department Process Engineering.


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