Accident and Emergency Procedures in the Workplace

Accident and Emergency Procedures in the Workplace

Health and safety regulations mean companies must offer sufficient first aid personnel, equipment and facilities:

 

1. First aid boxes at various places

2. Trained first aiders – on all floors of a building

3. Knowledge of the nearest casualty department or local hospital

 

There should be

 

1. Access to call for an ambulance

2. Ability to provide immediate assistance to casualties with illnesses or injuries that are likely to arise. From specific hazards at work

 

On hearing the fire alarm

 

1. Close all the windows, doors and switch of non-essential services (May be done by nominating, trained fire wardens)

2. Walk to the nearest assembly point

3. Follow the emergency signs

4. Escape routes should be lit by emergency lighting so that people can use them safely if an emergency occurs

5. Don’t re-enter the building until permission is given by the person in charge of the evacuation

6. If the fire is small, but only if you are trained to do so use fire extinguishers to attempt to put the fire out

 

Employees must know

 

1. The nearest means of escape

2. The nearest fire alarm call point

3. The nearest fire appliance and how to use it (Only if trained to do so).

4. Their assembly points

 

In the event of a fire

 

1. Do not panic

2. Maintain silence

3. Don’t use the lift

4. Don’t attempt to push pass others

 

Planning for emergencies

 

Develop an emergency plan

 

1. Make people away of dangers

2. Assist and liaise with the emergency services

3. Deal with the missing

4. Protect the property

 

Have emergency procedures for

 

1. Alarm raising

2. Calling the emergency services

3. Evacuation of disabled people

4. Traffic management for the arrival of emergency vehicles

5. Informing staff and visitors

6. Controlling the incident

7. Crowd management

8. Providing first aid and medical assistance

 

Disabilities

 

Employees or visitors with disabilities may make evacuation difficult; this should be considered in the fire safety risk assessment for specific people and premises. Consider the use of evacuation chairs where the person responsible for assisting should be trained to do so.

 

Testing and validation

 

In most of the cases, emergency plan validation takes the form of a table top exercise, where you work through a range of scenarios to establish the effectiveness of the responses.

 

Plans should be revisited and updated on a regular basis.

 

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