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
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?