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Resolve to understand...

OSHA says that almost all businesses have an emergency action plan (EAP). Companies that have possible exposure to spills or releases of chemicals are covered which means, if you work in the transport industry where chemicals exist, you could be covered!

As part of that plan, many drills and emergency scenarios must be conducted to understand how to best escape emergency spills. In this New Year, resolve to best understand where you play a role in building evacuation!

Know where to go

Make sure you know your emergency exit routes for the various locations in your facility. This can even be specific to the area you work most in.

You should also know the locations in your facility where shelter areas exist. You may need to take shelter during a tornado, for example.

Know when to evacuate

Depending on the facility, different alarms may be telling you:

  • The location of a fire or chemical release,
  • The type of emergency,
  • Conditions that may affect your evacuation options, or
  • Which evacuation procedure to use in the event of an emergency.

Responders get more training

Training for emergency response must be completed before you are called to perform in real emergencies. If you are not trained, do not respond to a chemical spill or release.