Emergency Notification Procedures

Putting in place emergency notification procedures helps keep your workplace safe, no matter what comes up. In dangerous situations, strong communication and a well-established protocol ensure that everyone takes the appropriate action. This can minimize damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.  

After all, emergencies happen suddenly, and they happen unexpectedly. In some ways, there’s no way to be 100% ready when they occur. That said, getting through an emergency with the minimum amount of negative consequences requires significant preparation. In other words, you have to get as ready as possible.  

Here are a few types of incidents that require emergency notification procedures. Planning these ahead of time will make sure you are ready if an incident occurs.  

Fire  

Fire represents one of the main safety concerns in any workplace. As such, it should be one of the first items you address while making emergency notification protocols.   

Everyone should be aware of what to do in case of fire. Escape routes should be posted throughout your facility, and exits should be clearly marked. You should keep lanes open throughout your facility so that people aren’t forced to pick their way through messy debris if they need to escape quickly. Meanwhile, if possible, conduct occasional drills to make sure people know how to react in the event of an emergency.  

Dangerous Spill  

The exact nature of hazardous materials in your facility will depend on what business you are in. However, if you keep any hazardous chemicals or other products on hand, you should have spill procedures in mind. Otherwise, you leave your employees, and your facility, exposed in the case of an unexpected spill.  

Have the proper alarm procedures in place and drill your employees on how to respond to a hazardous spill. All chemicals should be labeled appropriately, and workers should all have access to the proper safety equipment.  

Weather Event  

The dangers posed by mother nature vary from place to place. A factory in Minnesota might face a blizzard risk, while wildfires might represent the primary concern in southern California. Whatever your local dangers (floods, hurricanes, mudslides, etc.), have the appropriate emergency notification procedures set up to avoid serious consequences.  

This planning process includes the usual warning and evacuation system. In addition, you need a way to inform workers not to come to work during harsh weather, at times when travel becomes too dangerous.   

Earthquake    

Like a weather event, your level of earthquake risk will depend on your location. But just because you operate in a low-danger area, you shouldn’t get complacent. Earthquakes can cause significant damage and pose a threat to your employee’s safety. As such, even a small risk should be taken seriously, with the proper procedures put into place.   

Live Shooter  

It’s one of the shameful developments of our modern age. Every workplace has to deal with the potential danger of a live shooter. This means having warning systems and protection procedures in place in case someone comes into the workplace intent on using a weapon.  

These scenarios differ from many other emergencies because rather than evacuations, some circumstances call for a lockdown. They can require a completely different response, meaning a live shooter protocol should have its own set of procedures.  

Build a safer workforce 

Creating a safe workplace requires preparation and a well-ordered response. It also requires the right kind of employees to enact protocols calmly and efficiently, if a dangerous scenario ever arises. By using a top-flight recruiting firm, like LaborMax, you make sure you have the right people to maximize your security profile.  

Contact LaborMax today to find out how they can bring you the kind of conscientious, talented workers you need.