WorkSafe Victoria: Prepare for emergencies
As the owner of a small business you must be prepared for emergency situations that may arise. Putting together an emergency management plan (EMP) will help ensure your workplace is well prepared. An EMP is a written set of instructions that outlines what your employees should do in the event of an emergency such as a fire, explosion, dangerous chemical release, medical emergency, bomb threat or robbery. Your plan should be easy to understand, tailored to your workplace and appropriate to the number and type of occupants. Doing a practical assessment of hazards associated with your workplace/work activities – and the possible consequences of an incident occurring as a result of those hazards – will help you prepare a plan. External hazards may also affect the safety of the workplace – for example, a chemical storage across the road. They too should be considered. It is important to consult with health and safety representatives (HSRs), if any, and employees when developing your EMP as they may be able to assist in determining the suitability of procedures. Employees and HSRs should also be given training so they know how to respond quickly in emergency situations.
EPESA can conduct scenario based exercises to evaluate your response to any type of emergency.
Review WorkSafe Guidance Note for developing an Emergency Plan