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Why Businesses Should Update Emergency Response Plans Regularly

Posted: 11/07/2018

Busy companies can get weighed down with daily operations and big projects, that they often overlook some of their most important responsibilities towards employees and members of the public, namely their health and safety duties.

As well as ensuring employees understand their own health and safety responsibilities, it is also important that they are familiar with any emergency response plans an organisation may have.

Businesses that underwent emergency response training and wrote up a disaster recovery plan a few years ago may not think it is necessary to do one again, as they feel it is fresh in the minds of staff and their procedures are still relevant. However, this could be a mistake, as the level of risk that an organisation or site faces can change on a frequent basis, such as layout changes, the nature of the operations and business infrastructure.

Businesses as well as venues, large outdoor spaces, transport hubs, shopping centres and anywhere that sees a substantial volume of people could experience an emergency or medical incident at any time, so business owners need to ensure that they have an adequate level of response.

Emergency response planning and contingency plans cover an organisation’s site response to an incident, such as a fire, medical, chemical release, flooding, potential vehicle collision, confined spaces or work at height as well as a response to terrorism threats. Over the past few years the UK has witnessed and experienced several high profile security and terrorism alerts, therefore highly-effective response procedures are essential for ensuring the safety and security of the general public,


Risk levels change

Even if very little has changed for your business – the size of your staff population has remained the same, your risk level is similar and your response requirements have not changed, since you last wrote your emergency planning document, it is still wise to renew your policies.


Keep it current

This is because it is essential to keep it current in the minds of your employees, undertake retraining if required, as well as highlight any improvements you can make to the procedures. New team members may have had this training at their previous employment, however this would not reflect any site-specific risks.

By having preparedness training, you will be able to highlight gaps in knowledge, streamline processes, as well as remind all workers of the business guidelines should an emergency take place.