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(29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1926.35)
This is a sample written program whose intended usage is to serve only as a convenient guide for obtaining compliance with the applicable OSHA standard. It should be expanded, personalized, and tailored to your companies, places of business, or work sites.
This publication does not itself alter or determine compliance responsibilities, which are set forth in OSHA standards themselves and in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Moreover, because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, for additional guidance on OSHA Compliance requirements, the reader should consult current administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupation Safety and Health Review commission and the Courts.
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The purpose of an Emergency Action Plan is to protect the employees from serious injury, property loss, or loss of life in the event of a major disaster. A major disaster constitutes any one (1) of the following: fire - tornado - earthquake - violence in the workplace - bomb threat - hazardous chemical spill.
In the event of any disaster listed, this Emergency Action Plan describes the responsibilities and actions to be taken to protect all employees.
In the event of a disaster, the warning may come from any one (1) of the following sources: commercial radio or television, civil defense radio, in-plant automatic sprinkler system, in-plant alarm, messenger, or police.
A person receiving notification of a possible disaster, or an in-plant emergency should immediately notify their immediate supervisor. The type of disaster or emergency situation should then be conveyed to all employees with the use of the plant emergency alarm system.
The following personnel will constitute the Emergency Control Committee. In the event of a disaster or immediate emergency, they are to report to a designated emergency Control Center unless the prevailing situation dictates otherwise.
Committee members are:
In any emergency situation, the ranking member of management present shall have final authority to coordinate procedures, and amend, modify or supersede any provisions of this plan in order to ensure employee safety.
Emergency actions should be coordinated at the Emergency Control Center, which will be designated as the plant manager's office. If this office is not available, report to the most convenient office of the other two (2) committee members.
If the emergency situation warrants the committee members to meet on the plant floor, it will be the plant manager's responsibility to notify, and give the location where members are needed.
All first-line supervisors have been certified by the American Red Cross to provide first aid. They will be available to administer first aid in the plant, or in the event of a complete evacuation at a safe assembly area outside the plant.
All maintenance personnel will know the location and operation of main controls for shutting off the gas, electricity, and water leading into the building.
Information to any source of news media will only be released at the discretion of the plant manager.
In the event of a fire, the ADT Sprinkler Alarms System will be activated automatically. Upon activation, the flow of water will begin in the area of the fire, and an alarm will sound throughout the building. Upon hearing the alarm, employees should, if time permits, shut off the power to the equipment they are operating and proceed to the evacuation sites indicated outside the building (see Appendix 1) and conduct a roll call.
When the alarm is activated, at least one (1) member of the Emergency Control Committee should report to the evacuation site outside the plant (see Appendix 1). The other members should take necessary action to insure safety of the employees and notify proper agencies for any services that are needed.
With the exception of a fire, employees should not evacuate the building unless authorized by the Emergency Control Committee. The signal/alarm for a plant-wide evacuation will be a continuous high-pitched alarm. Once at the assembly site, the first-line supervisor should conduct a roll call and report to a Emergency Control Committee member for assistance.
The signal/alarm for a segmented area evacuation will an intermittent high-pitched alarm. A first-line supervisor will have the authority to activate the alarm and give appropriate instructions to employees to insure safety. Before leaving, the first-line supervisor should inspect the area to ensure all employees are evacuated. Evacuated employees should report to the assembly site posted inside the building (see Appendix 2). Once at the assembly site, the first-line supervisor should conduct a roll call and report to an Emergency Control Committee member for assistance.
A listing of all emergency telephone numbers is located at plant and office telephones (see Appendix 3). If the emergency occurs on the day shift, the switchboard operator will be responsible for contacting the appropriate agency. A member of the Emergency Control Committee should then be contacted for assistance.
A map of all evacuation sites will be displayed in the lunchroom and all departments. Each map will show the route and exit to take depending where employees are located in the plant. It will be the responsibility of the first-line supervisor to inform employees of these evacuation routes.
An emergency shutdown will only be ordered from the highest-ranking member of the Emergency Control Committee. No employee should risk any type of injury to accomplish this task.
However, if time permits, the following personnel should perform the following duties:
In the event of a tornado or a serve weather warning, the following procedure should be put in effect by the supervisor or emergency Control Committee:
An earthquake will usually occur without any type of warning. Due to the suddenness, all personnel should attempt to get into a doorway passage or under a table or desk. Any place where an employee feels safety is warranted. NO ONE SHOULD GO OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. After an earthquake has stopped, the following procedure should be initiated:
In the event of a bomb threat, which will normally be received over the telephone, the following procedure should be followed:
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