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"Uncle Sam" asks: Are you ready for an emergency?

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 2, 2008

"Ready" campaign, about the civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies.

September is National Preparedness Month and the Department of Homeland Security reminds citizens and businesses, through its

"From wildfires and earthquakes in California, to hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast, to flooding in the Midwest, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster," says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

"Almost every business is required to have an emergency action plan (EAP), according to OSHA, and the EAP standard (1910.38) specifies a written plan for businesses with more than 10 employees.

The EAP must include, at the minimum, the following elements:

  • Emergency escape procedures and routes
  • Procedures for employees who remain to perform or shut down critical office operations
  • Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation
  • Rescue and medical duties for those employees responsible to perform them
  • Procedures for reporting emergencies
  • The names or job titles to contact for an explanation of duties under the plan

OSHA's Evacuation and Procedures e-tool can assist you in determining what kind of plan you need and how to create it.

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