What is an Emergency Action Plan?

From the Department of Labor

by Jeffrey C. Friedman

What is an Emergency Action Plan?

An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards [29 CFR 1910.38(a)]. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand
their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

Putting together a comprehensive emergency action plan that deals with those issues specific to your worksite is not difficult. It 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, the plan must include but is not limited to the following elements [29 CFR 1910.38(c)]:

  • Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
  • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate
  • Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
  • Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them
  • Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan

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Risk Assessment & Business Impact

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Information Availability is crucial to business and it is vital to understand the threats and risks that the business may be vulnerable to. Threats and risks to your business are everywhere. They have likelihood of occurrence and associate impact – both of which may vary. Left unchecked, it is possible that an event (or series of events) could disrupt business, the supply chain – or even result in the failure of a business and organizations dependent upon it.

Phase 1 – Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

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Identify the following:

  • The critical professes, priorities and single points of failure
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  • The inherent risks and vulnerabilities that may exist

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The RA provides a review of the business risks and threats, looking at physical, logical and procedural risks. It allows the business to act on recommendations to reduce their exposure to risks and vulnerabilities. As a result of both BIA and RA the business will have a better understanding of the impacts and risks facing it and will therefore be better positioned to determine priorities and timescales for continuity and be able to establish a risk mitigation process. This will form the basis for putting in place a viable continuity strategy.

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