Workplace Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared at work or home takes time and investments.   Today's entrepreneur has precious little time and is always evaluating good investments for work function. 

Why do employers want to be prepared for an emergency?

  • protect valuable employees from harm
  • protect property from damage
  • protect environment from contamination
  • avoid costly regulatory penalties
  • maintain the highest reputation for clients and potential clients.
I am certain that these reasons resonate with everyone at every level in an organization.  So what are the emergencies that workplaces need to consider?
  • cardiac arrest
  • stroke
  • bleeding
  • rescue from a confined space
  • chemical spill
  • vehicular accident
  • the list goes on
Many workplaces surrender to "in the trench" solutions.  Not sure what I mean by that?  Suppose you have some workers at a job site and a "situation" arises.  They "improvise" and get the job done.  Everybody is happy; the job got done on time time and in budget; all is good - Right?  Not everyone has the skill to recognize risk (exposure to danger).  Sure this skill improves with experience and age but that is a little inadequate when we consider how we started this topic.  Sure we have lots of legislation that creates all sorts of "thou shall not and thou must" but really what needs to happen is a risk assessment to develop practical solutions to work functions.  I realized that "in the trench" solutions occur throughout every workplace.  Soon enough these solutions become "policy" or "its the way we have always done it".  When you need assistance with these kind of problems, consider an Engineer.  As an engineer we hear all to often "oh, your such and engineer".  Its our training and how we look at "systems" to determine a better course of action.