To many, the rapid removal of people from immediate or threatened danger, otherwise known as an evacuation, seems like a remote contingency. To others: a relatively straightforward procedure, requiring little to no planning or practice. The fact is neither group is right.
Whether natural or manmade, emergency situations happen all the time, precipitating evacuations. The record shows that the more disorganized the evacuation the more likely it is to cause unnecessary confusion, property damage, injury, even fatality.
What’s more, regulatory bodies, like the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), set out minimum requirements for emergency management, often necessitating some degree of evacuation planning. Organizations who fail to plan then find themselves out of compliance with local, state, and/or national occupational health and safety statutes.
Looking to ensure compliance and keep your customers and staff safe? There’s help. We’ve created a handy how- to-guide to developing an emergency evacuation plan for your business.
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