HR Support on Emergency Planning & Risk Prevention

Editor's Note: Plan for and prevent emergency situations in your workplace.

Melissa BoyceOverview: Part of the workplace safety initiative is to make emergency preparation a priority. Emergency situations can refer to manmade disasters, natural disasters, medical emergencies or human tragedies, such as shootings. There are many emergency plans required by federal or state law, and it is important for an employer to comply with those requirements. However, it is equally important for employers to go beyond what is required by law to protect their workers and safeguard their workplace.

There are a number of emergency situations that could arise in the workplace. An employer should create a main plan adaptable to most situations. Then, a risk analysis can be performed to determine the situations most likely to occur and specific plans can be made for those situations.

Trends: A few years after 9/11, September became National Preparedness Month as a way to remember the tragedy and encourage employers to take steps to safeguard the workplace and better respond to a crisis. Employers can take advantage of the information circulated by FEMA and other organizations during this month to make sure their workplace is sufficiently prepared.

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor

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HR guidance on planning for and preventing workplace emergencies.