Since technicians often take a lead role in a recovery, managers must address the training issues an emergency event creates. Specific training in fire safety, evacuations, confined space, lockout/tagout, and respiratory protection is essential.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers free training materials on the hazards of emergencies. OSHA's Emergency Preparedness and Response page includes links to manuals, plans, and presentations.
Too often, a manager's good intentions simply collect dust, which is evidence that the importance of a written plan is overstated. The process, not the plan, ensures success when preparing for an emergency, so embrace the process.
David A. Casavant, CFM — email@example.com — is executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council.
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