With employers across the globe laying a lot of emphasis on ensuring hygiene and safety for the workers, it has become rather important to devise emergency response strategies at the workplaces. Unforeseen emergencies have the potential to create multiple hazards for the employees, both physical and psychological. Hence, a little planning can go a long way in reducing the severity of emergencies. Some of the steps that are considered to be absolutely important in this regard could be broadly classified under the following sub-headings:
1. A dedicated team: There should be a dedicated team at every workplace to nullify the consequences of a given emergency situation. As soon as a mishap happens or is about to happen, the team needs to get down to work such that the consequences could either be avoided or significantly reduced. Corporate entities throughout the world are recruiting disaster management teams for the said purpose. Governments across the world are also taking the services of disaster consultants for the unorganized sectors. It has been proven beyond doubt that the presence of rescue and recovery workers scale down casualties during workplace hazards.
2. Necessary Equipment: The organizations should have access to all the modern equipment to sail through an emergency situation. It is also important that the emergency-handling team gets the necessary access to the equipment when a hazardous condition erupts.
3. Training: The employees also should be trained to save themselves and their colleagues during a mishap. Regular mock drills need to be conducted by the organizations such that the workers are sensitized to the pressing requirements of self-protection during the unwanted episodes. In fact, employers across the world are increasingly trying to educate the workers for possible emergency situations.
4. Planning in advance: Safety plans should be worked out even before any emergency happens such that there is a definite guideline to ensue while rescue operations are undertaken. This is particularly true for physically hazardous professions like construction, mining, fishing and metal-welding.
Additionally, the governments are also devising safety-guidelines for various professions and fortunately there is an increased awareness about the importance of workers’ health. With safety planning becoming an essential component under the bigger domain of occupational health and safety, things are only going to be better. However, it is also important to remember that self-protection is the best protection.
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