The actions taken in the initial minutes during an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to anyone else on the premises could save lives. The emergency procedure is a plan of actions to be conducted in a certain order or manner, in response to an emergency event.
Quick and effective action may help ease the situation and reduce the consequences. In emergencies, people are more likely to respond reliably if they:
- are well trained and competent;
- take part in regular and realistic practice; and
- have clearly agreed, recorded and rehearsed plans, actions and responsibilities.
Complete an emergency plan if a major incident at your workplace could involve risks to the public, rescuing employees or coordinating emergency services. Where you share your workplace with another employer, consider whether your emergency plans and procedures need coordinating.