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Purpose of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

The purpose of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. The elements of the plan should include, but are not limited to:

  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
  • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate
  • Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
  • Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them
  • Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
  • Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan



Employer Responsibilities

When there is an emergency, getting workers out of high-rise buildings poses special challenges. Preparing in advance to safely evacuate the building is critical to the safety of employees who work there.


What should employers do when an emergency occurs?

  • Sound appropriate alarms and instruct employees to leave the building
  • Notify, police, firefighters or other appropriate emergency personnel
  • Take a head count of employees at designated meeting locations, and notify emergency personnel of any missing workers