How to set up an emergency plan as per ISO 14001

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The main purpose of an emergency plan is to guide staff in an emergency situation to avert or minimize damage, material loss and to prevent environmental impact from the accident.

The main purpose of an emergency plan is to guide staff in an emergency situation to avert or minimize damage, material loss and to prevent environmental impact from the accident.

ISO 14001 Certification in Bangalore states in clause 4.4.7 Emergency preparedness and response that the “organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) to identify potential emergency situations and potential accidents. The organization shall respond to actual emergency situations and accidents.”

Steps in setting up an emergency plan

Step 1: Identification

You have to identify the specific potential accident related to your circumstances and type of activity. If you run an office, then a fire may be mostly your potential risk, apart from others.

Step 2: Prevention

You have to educate your employees on preventive measures related to every type of accident.

Step 3: Emergency plan

Depending on complexity and needs, the organization should plan ahead one or more emergency plans.

An emergency plan aims to:

identifying the types of accident and environmental impacts (step 1)

Planning and understanding preventive measures (step 2)

Having the contact information of key personnel (on-site off-site)

Step 4: Training and drills. 

You have to educate your employees about safety measures, emergency plans, and you should include in the training plan all important information for ISO 14001 Certification in Bahrain

Step 5: Evaluation and improvement. 

Mock results have to take into consideration and bridge that gap by improving between the emergency plan and the mock drill result. The result of the drill should focus on bridging the gaps and any other recommendations related to the improvement of the emergency plan.

Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents still happen. When they do, you should be ready to react fast to minimize injury, environmental damage, equipment loss, and minimize unnecessary calls to the public emergency services.

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