OSHA requires that your plan-of-action include a way to alert employees – including disabled workers, to evacuate or take action, and how to report emergencies.
Let’s break this down:
1. How do you alert employees including workers who may be hearing impaired? Try a dual Audible and Visual Signal Light that blasts a warning but also blinks brightly enough to catch everyone’s attention.
2. Evacuating and taking action is the easy part! Line your evacuation route with Exit Signs and Glow in the Dark Tape. Do not block fire extinguishers so they are easily visible. Establish a meeting place outside the building and make sure all employees know where it is and to whom to report once they get there.
3. Create an easy and fast way for employees to report emergencies. This procedure works well: in each department, identify an emergency point person and a backup. The emergency point person is in charge of his/her department roster and ensures all employees from the department have left the building and arrived at the evacuation point. This person should also be the first point of contact for reporting emergencies. Your emergency point person will contact the other departments to report the emergency and from that point, your company will begin to follow your emergency evacuation plan.
Follow the simple steps above to instantly comply with OSHA regulations. Avoid fines or worse- injuries and lost time.