Not every emergency requires an evacuation, but having a clear procedure for removing people from danger is a core element of any workplace emergency plan. Even if an accident emergency is confined to a specific area, staff and visitors will need to be removed swiftly and without delay, and to accomplish this, people need to know where to go immediately.
Of course, a PCBU, first aider or other appointed member of staff needs to be well versed in any evacuation procedure, so that instruction can be given to the people present. Continue reading
Types of Workplace Emergency Plans: Points to Consider
The cause of an emergency in the workplace can be any number of things – an outbreak of fire, an explosion, a chemical accident, electrical faults and sometimes even structural collapses.
Simple accidents, like slipping or falling, may be commonplace but when more than one person is injured or the threat of a large scale incident becomes apparent, then definite steps beyond accessing a first aid kit or automated external defibrillator is required.
Occupational Health and Safety legislation states that PCBUs must have emergency plans to handle a wide variety of possible emergencies at work. But specific incidents require specific steps to be taken. Continue reading
Keeping the workplace safe benefits everyone, but while having your Alsco First Aid Kit in place, your higher levels of washroom hygiene achieved and plenty of non slip mats in appropriate areas, safety actually extends beyond this list. Having workplace emergency plans is also part of it.
The fact is that no-one is able to foresee when an accident, either large or small, is going to happen. So, should there be one, it is essential that everyone knows what has to be done and how to do it. Continue reading
When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, we tend to think more about hazards and dangers than many of the everyday health issues. We worry about chemicals in engine cleaning solvents, for example, or how hygienically clean the washroom is, but what about those fits of sneezing brought on by allergies?
Allergies are common-place, and usually have only a very temporary impact on our health, but they certainly affect our comfort levels at work. Limiting allergies, and their effects, can improve the situation considerably – increasing productivity as well as workplace satisfaction. Continue reading
The wonders of modern technology mean that serious medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest can be treated on the spot. All you need is an automated external defibrillator close at hand, and lives in your workplace can be saved.
But like all great inventions, the defibrillator did not arrive overnight. In fact, it took centuries to realise the lifesaving potential of electricity, how to apply it, and to develop the device we know today. Continue reading