Business Planning

Business Planning for an Emergency

The federal governemnt has required that all businesses have emergency and response procedures. The organization must conduct regular exercises to train and test the procedures.

OSHA – Safety and Health Guides

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards. In addition, pursuant to Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

The Emergency Preparedness Guides are based on presently available information, as well as current occupational safety and health provisions and standards. The procedures and practices discussed in Emergency Preparedness Guides may need to be modified when additional, relevant information becomes available or when OSH Act standards are promulgated or modified.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs.

These Emergency Preparedness and Response pages provide information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency.

For information on how to get started with preparing for an emergency, visit the “Getting Started – General Preparedness and Response” section. This section provides information for general businesses and for workers who will respond to the emergency. The information in this section is designed to apply to a wide variety of emergency preparedness and response incidents.

Constructing and Delivering an Emergency Communication

Whether giving directions in an emergency or just sending out everyday announcements, every organization needs to think about the best way to quickly and easily communicate with all of their employees, students, patients, residents, etc. As companies grow in size and expand into larger buildings or across geographies, the challenge of reaching everyone grows. How do you make sure your message reaches the right people and that they understand and take action?

What if it is an emergency? Is your message written such that it is going to get people’s attention right away and communicate the gravity of the situation? In an emergency situation, you need to make sure you get your point across quickly, so it is important to make sure your mass notification message is clear and concise.

Writing an effective mass notification message is only the first step to making sure you get the word out. You also need to decide how you are going to deploy your communications. Think about what methods are going to reach all the people you need to reach as quickly as possible.