A serious emergency (such as an explosion, fire, or flood) could seriously affect the operation of a business and put the health, safety, and livelihood of many employees in jeopardy. The best Health and Safety Management System cannot protect your company from all natural or unexpected disasters; however, having a good Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in place can reduce the severity and risk of loss. The action taken in the first few minutes of an emergency situation is critical. Knowing what to do and who to contact can save lives and reduce costs if disaster should strike. Employers are required by law to establish a response plan for an emergency that may require rescue or evacuation. Emergency Response Drills Drills In order to determine if emergency plans are adequate, and to test employee response, drills must be held at least annually. Drills should be held for all types of emergency and should include all work areas and all shifts, so that all staff has a chance to participate and practice their expected response. Records of both drills and actual emergencies should be kept and reviewed after each incident/exercise to identify areas where improvements can be made.

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