Doing the bare minimum never gets you very far, especially when it comes to emergency preparedness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a set of minimum requirements for Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) that companies with 10 or more employees are required to abide by. Failure to do so can result in legal implications. However, are you really protected when you strictly meet the minimum requirements or should you be putting more emphasis on your emergency preparedness initiatives? A piece of advice that applies to most all areas of life is, “it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.” This is especially applicable for emergency preparedness and EAPs.
So, What are the Minimum Requirements?
OSHA legally requires an EAP to have the following at bare minimum:
- Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
- A way to report fires and other emergencies
- Procedures for employees who must remain to operate critical plant operations prior to evacuation
- Accounting for all employees/tenants
- Rescue and medical duties for employees performing them
- Names or titles of people who can be contacted
If it is discovered that your company is not complying with OSHA’s regulations, you run the risk of being under a violation, which often results in being fined. If there is an emergency and it is discovered that your company did not meet OSHA’s requirements, then you open yourself up to being sued.
More than the Minimum
For business owners, creating an EAP can be a daunting task. It’s normal to want to get it over with as soon as possible. Between everything else you have going on, the less you have to deal with, the better. However, it pays off to put a little more effort into your emergency plan, especially if it means ensuring the safety of your employees during an emergency.
Here are a few simple ways to go beyond OSHA’s regulations and ensure your business is ready for even the most unexpected incident:
- Implement an emergency notification system your employees on how to respond to various emergencies
- Organize a crisis team that is responsible for handling an emergency
- Move away from binder storage to cloud-based document storage
- Keep employee emergency contact information updated regularly
- Have a fully stocked emergency supply kit
How Preparis Can Help Prepare Your Business
Preparis is able to provide you with the tools you need in order to better equip your business for any type of emergency situation. With a bi-directional emergency notification system, cloud-based document storage and training, you’ll be able to ensure that your employees are safe and educated on how to respond to any emergency.
To learn more about how Preparis can help protect your business, request a demo today.