OSHA Emergency Action Plan – The Variables
An emergency action plan has to be more than just words on paper. It must be built as if someone’s life depended upon it because, in an emergency, it very well might.
An effective emergency action plan must be custom-fit for your location. You can’t copy and paste another practice’s procedures, even if they do the same thing you do, in the same way, in the same kind of place.
Here are a few things to consider:
- The most significant variable in any situation is people. How will your employees respond in an emergency? Will they keep their cool, or might they be more likely to panic?
- Think about your clients. Are exits clearly marked? Do you have team members tasked with assisting or directing clients in the event of an emergency?
- Plan for the “what-ifs.” Your emergency plans need to consider the dynamic nature of emergencies. Employees with critical assignments should have backups if they are not on-site or incapacitated.
Annual OSHA training is necessary for any emergency action plan and can help mitigate some of these concerns.
Using OSHA Emergency Action Plan Templates
A template can be an excellent way to start building an OSHA emergency action plan. OSHA offers e-tools to assist with the process, and you can find templates in many places online.
Not all templates may be helpful in your situation. Remember that all OSHA-regulated businesses and industries are required to have emergency action plans. You should find the one that best matches your situation.
As part of our OSHA Healthcare Compliance services, Compliancy Group is offering OSHA for Dental Offices and will soon add OSHA for Medical Practices.
In addition to thoroughly addressing all the required pieces of OSHA compliance, our plan includes emergency action plan templates designed with the unique needs of medical and dental practices in mind. It’s another way we are committed to being your partner in healthcare compliance.