What is the best way to create an emergency plan?

Author: Julie H. Cox

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires an employer to create an emergency action plan for its business. The hope is that, by having a plan in place, if an emergency or crisis should occur, an organized response will transpire. OSHA requires certain procedures to be part of an employer's safety plan.

In developing a plan that works for an employer, based on size, location and nature of the business, specific concerns should be reviewed carefully by a management team. A safety committee may be formed within the organization to review standards, develop the plan with managers and supervisors, and assure that employees receive information and training about the plan. Goals and objectives should be created, and a policy and training procedures should be instituted to help support those goals.