Nominate People to Call Relevant Bodies in an Emergency
Despite all of the instructions and guidance to keep calm, in an emergency quite often a degree of panic and confusion will be present. When it does, employees will need to fall back on the health and safety training which they received prior to the emergency situation unfolding, and is why preparation is key to both staving off and dealing with any emergency condition or event.
Amongst other things, this health and safety preparatory work should nominate certain individuals to perform a distinct task if it ever becomes necessary. As well as checking particular areas of the premises, a vital task which needs to be completed is the timely alerting of the emergency services or the relevant authorities. Not only can this act be the difference between a relatively minor mishap and a large scale disaster, but can also be the difference between people suffering minor injuries (if any) and serious ones, or potentially being killed. The same also applies for the environment, as failing to alert the necessary bodies can be what separates a small amount of damage and a major environmental catastrophe such as large scale water pollution for example.
Before an emergency incident occurs it will therefore be necessary to allocate the task of notifying the relevant bodies should an incident occur. A common mistake during an emergency is to assume that somebody else will make the call. A person is especially likely to think this when the incident is large and therefore many people on the premises are aware.
Allocating this responsibility to somebody before an incident takes place should ensure that somebody does indeed make the call. It is also a good idea to have somebody else nominated with the responsibility if there is any doubt that the first person has done it, for instance if they are known to be absent from the workplace that day, or are unaccounted for and may be caught up in the incident itself and so be unable to call. It is better for two calls to be made than none at all.
The Need for Training Before an Emergency
Along with knowing who should do what, there is also the need for practice to ensure that everybody knows precisely how to fulfil their allocated role should an emergency come to pass. Practicing the drill also helps to retain it to memory so that the knowledge can be called upon when it is needed the most, i.e. when an emergency is unfolding around a person.