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Three Workers Die in a Thanksgiving Tower Fire in Dallas, Texas – Part 2

Monday, December 15th, 2014
An evacuation assembly area sign for Building ...

An evacuation assembly area sign for Building 33 on the Genentech headquarters in South San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to equip workers with plans for workplace emergencies and evacuations. Emergencies and disasters are unexpected events, which makes it challenging for employers to be sure their workers are prepared to evacuate when necessary. Emergency situations which require planning ahead of time include: fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, chemical spills, explosions, radiological accidents, toxic gas releases, and workplace violence that results in trauma and bodily harm.

Because it’s difficult to think logically and rationally in times of crisis, it’s important to prepare for emergencies before they occur. Evacuation policies and procedures may include the following:

  • A clear chain of command, including designation of the person with the authority to order a shutdown or evacuation.
  • Familiarize the work force with all conditions under which it would be necessary to evacuate.
  • Include procedures for evacuating people who do not speak English or are disabled.
  • Come up with a specific evacuation procedure, complete with exits and routes. Post evacuation procedures so that all employees have easy access.
  • Devise a system for accounting for personnel who have or have not evacuated.

Something to consider in rescue operations is that more than just willing hands are needed to save lives. If an individual who is untrained attempts to rescue others, it is possible that they themselves and those they are trying to rescue will be endangered. The wisest course of action is to allow only equipped, trained, and certified individuals to conduct rescues.

See Part 1 of this two-part series.

–Guest Contributor



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