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Emergency Action Planning

In light of the recent public safety power shutoffs across California, I thought it might be a good time to review Emergency Action Planning. The following information comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

At a minimum, the plan must include but is not limited to the following elements:

+ Means of reporting fires and other emergencies