Putting together a comprehensive emergency action plan involves taking what was learned from your workplace evaluation and describing how employees will respond to different types of emergencies, taking into account your specific worksite layout, structural features, and emergency systems. Most organizations find it beneficial to include a diverse group of representatives (management and employees) in this planning process and to meet frequently to review progress and allocate development tasks. The commitment and support of all employees is critical to the plan’s success in the event of an emergency; ask for their help in establishing and implementing your emergency action plan. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees. [29 CFR 1910.38(b)]
At a minimum, per OSHA, the plan must include but is not limited to the following elements [29 CFR 1910.38(c)]:
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Although they are not specifically required by OSHA, you may find it helpful to include the following in your plan:
Now that you have read through the basic overview of an emergency action plan, find out how to implement your plan.
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