EAP – Emergency Action Plan. As per OSHA requirements certain companies, regardless of how safely operations are conducted, must have a plan of action to inform you of what you must do in case of an emergency.
In the case of a minor arm laceration injury to an employee, for instance, first aid can be administered and then the worker can be transported to the hospital. That is part of a plan. However, if the extent of someone’s injury makes it difficult or dangerous to move the injured worker, then there must be an alternative plan of action for summoning emergency response teams to your job site. A back injury, a head injury, a neck injury, or an unconscious worker are examples of serious injuries. Everyone on the job site needs to be aware of what the alternative plan requires.
Getting to the job site can often make the difference between life and death and therefore, detailed directions must be made clear. A completed emergency checklist should be centrally located and most importantly, employees made certain of its whereabouts. This checklist should include the location of these important items:
- Nearest landline telephone
- Nearest rescue squad
- Nearest hospital
- Clear and explicit directions to your job site
A competent employee, supervisor or foreman should outline directions to the job site, the nearest telephone and appropriate phone numbers. It goes without saying that cellular phones have been a tremendous aid to us in many ways, but service can be limited at times and all too often you never know if or when you can get through on a call. That is why the location of a landline telephone is so important.
When the nearest rescue squad is determined, find out where they are located so exact directions to the job site can be explained. Perhaps you thought it was a hassle trying to find the job site when you were new. Maybe you got lost once or twice on the way in. Image trying to explain to emergency services on a 911 call how to get to the site.
After the closest hospital is identified, you may want to mark a local area map with directions. This will alleviate some of the stress that goes along with getting an injured worker to professional medical care quickly.
Clear directions are important. The best plan is to have them written out and posted at the landline phone. At the very least, a couple of designated persons on the site should always be responsible to always have a copy of the directions with them. Everyone should know who has them and where they keep them on their person (in case they are the ones who go down!) Remember that medical teams can save lives, but they must find you first! And the same is true for fires and other emergency rescued services.
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