Sample Emergency Action Program

  1. Purpose

This Emergency Action Program has been developed in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations (29 CFR 1910.38). The purpose of this plan is to ensure the protection of all employees in an emergency situation tornado, hurricane, earthquake, severe storm, etc.). The personal safety of each employee is and always will be of primary importance to:

  1. General Program Management
    1. Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the management to protect their employees. The company Safety Officer,_____________________________is responsible for this program and has authority to make necessary decisions to ensure the success for this plan. Copies of the written program may be obtained from the office.

    1. Program Review and Update

The Emergency Action Program will be reviewed and/or updated under these circumstances:

    • Annually, on or before ________________________of each year,
    • Whenever new equipment, facility construction, or personnel changes might affect the plan's procedures.
  1. Methods of Compliance
    1. Emergency Escape Procedures

Emergency escape routes will be kept clear at all times. The escape routes and emergency procedures are documented in Appendix A. A copy of the escape route and emergency procedures will be posted on the employee bulletin board. This company also has designated safe areas for employees to report to in case of an emergency. Refer to Appendix B for designated safe areas.

    1. Procedures for Critical Operations

Some operations in this company, in which control in an emergency situation is critical to the safety of employees, require special procedures for proper control (e.g., monitoring plant power, water supplies, or other essential operations). In these cases, the following employees are responsible for these critical operations until their evacuation is necessary (**):
CRITICAL OPERATIONS
Name/Position___________________Critical Operation______________________
Name/Position___________________Critical Operation______________________
Name/Position___________________Critical Operation______________________
Name/Position___________________Critical Operation______________________
Name/Position___________________Critical Operation______________________
** If at any time during an emergency situation the employees' safety is at risk, the critical operation procedures are to be abandoned and the employees are to proceed to a safe area.

    1. Procedures to Account for Employees

Supervisors will be responsible for accounting for employees after an emergency evacuation. The responsible persons will be given a list of names of all the employees in their area for whom they are responsible. This list will be updated with each new employee hired, and non-employees will be deleted.
The following employees will be responsible for conducting procedures to account for employees after the emergency evacuation. These procedures are designed to account for all employees, determine if an employee needs assistance in evacuating, and to determine their possible location.
Account for Employees
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________
Name/Position____________Alternate____________Department____________

    1. Procedure for Reporting Emergencies

The quicker and more efficient emergencies are reported, the greater the chance for saving lives and property. The following is the procedure for reporting an emergency in this company. This procedure will be posted on the employee bulletin board.
Reporting Emergencies

Emergency Situation Reporting Procedures
Fire  
Tornado  
Fuel or Chemical Release  
Earthquake  
Train Derailment  
Other  

Emergency phone numbers will be posted near telephones, or employee notice boards and other conspicuous locations where telephones will be used as the means of reporting emergencies. [29 CFR 1910.165 (a) (4)]

    1. Rescue and Medical Duties

The Safety Officer is responsible for the enlistment and training of the authorized Fire Brigade personnel (See the Fire Prevention Program). The Fire Brigade personnel shall be trained in the use of fire extinguishers and first responder first aid (CPR, Abdominal Thrust, etc.).
The following list is the authorized members of the Fire Brigade:
Fire Brigade Personnel
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________
Name/Position____________________Designated Area______________________

    1. Alarm Systems

The emergency alarm system will provide warning for necessary emergency action as called for in this program. This alarm system will be capable of being perceived above ambient noise or light levels by all employees in the workplace. Tactile devices may be used to alert those employees who would not otherwise be able to recognize the audible or visual alarm.

    1. Training and Recordkeeping

_____________________________is responsible for training all employees covered under this program. As part of the Emergency Action Program, our employees will be trained under the following circumstances:

      • At the time of initial assignment and annually thereafter; and
      • When an employee’s responsibilities change under this program.

Employees responsible for leading the evacuation will be trained in evacuation inspections of closed rooms, alternate escape routes, employees that may need additional assistance, buddy system, and hazardous areas to avoid during evacuation procedures.
For additional information or explanation of the duties under the Emergency Action Program, contact the company Safety Officer.
To ensure that proper training is given to our employees, we keep accurate records of our employees' training. This information is kept in the office. (See Appendix D)
Appendix A
Emergency Escape Route
(Use floor plans or workplace maps to show emergency escape route assignments, locations of exits, locations of fire extinguishers, and designated safe areas.)
Appendix B

Designated Safe Areas

Emergency Situation Department Designated Safe Area
Fire    
Tornado    
Fuel or Chemical Release    
Earthquake    
Train Derailment>    
Other    

Appendix C

Alarm Procedures

Emergency Situation Alarm System
Fire  
Tornado  
Fuel or Chemical Release  
Earthquake  
Train Derailment>  
Other  

Appendix D

Emergency Response Training Form

Date of Session: ______________ Session Summary (Attached) Yes____No____

Instructor(s) Qualifications
   
   
   
   
Employee Signature Employee Job Title