Knowing response procedures before an emergency occurs is better than after incident occurs and there is little to no time to react. The workplace must have a written safety plan which includes the procedure in an emergency appropriate to the dangers associated with the task. 

Workers should be trained to identify hazards and communicate the dangers to relevant co-workers and supervisors. Alongside this an audit trail should be kept with logs of any ‘near’ dangers which can be used in the future to prevent similar issues.

Know the Emergency Procedure 

The following points may be used to aid in the defusing of a situation when action needs to be taken.

Assessing the situation– Analysis of the situation and the surroundings, a plan is then figured out which minimises any danger to anybody involved.

Communicate the danger or hazard – Calling 999 should be done in any emergency situation, then any workers in the area should be made aware of the situation at hand.

Implement the plan – Plan which includes the relevant access and leaving procedures for  persons of responsibility.

There are a multitude of events which could cause an emergency event with little or no time to react whatsoever. Such events include: falling of large objects, explosions, mass structural collapse, spills or contact with toxic substances, puncture wounds from sharp objects. Although, there are a great deal more hazards that one must be vigilant with, depending on the sector or specific requirements of your task or work area.

Read the HSE Guide on: Emergency Response


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