Personal preparedness is an integral component of any emergency action or business continuity plan. Nobody is immune to disasters, no matter what kind of nature they have. Therefore, by conducting business as usual with an eye on possible negative impacts is prerequisite for a well-managed company.

Employers have to respect OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38 and take it as a requirement by law. Especially those with more than ten employees, they have to provide training, education, and written plans to support personal preparedness levels of all of its employees regarding emergency action plans. It is important for those organizations to comply with those regulatory requirements. Otherwise, they will have to take great responsibility for their actions or lack of pro-activity.

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Compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38 Is Now More Important than Ever

Being prepared is one of the most important defenses against disasters. Therefore, given the recent increase of weather related disasters, perhaps, now is the time to confirm the status and condition of your company’s existing written emergency action plans. In case no such plan exists, then, you should volunteer to help initiate and integrate such a plan into your workplace environment.

To assist that process, our staff suggests the use of some of the information provided in the links below:

  • OSHA Instruction Guide for Emergency Action Plans – You can find in this document everything you need to get started with a solid plan in accordance with 29 cfr 1910.38. The focus is on emergency fire prevention plans. The informative text will carry you through seven chapters, each of them of utmost importance.
  • OSHA Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness Requirements and Guidance – This is an additional document retrieved right from the official OSHA website. The file bears information on the standards employers have to meet in order to keep a safe and healthy work environment. Do you want to know the procedures regarding exit ways, first aid, employee alarm systems, fire extinguishers or building maintenance? You can find what you need in here.
  • Checklist – Emergency Action Plan- OSHA 29CFR 1910.38 – OSHA provides another valuable checklist. By following its guidelines step by step, you’ll end up with a comprehensive plan. This is not to be overlooked as you’ll discover several essential points without which your work can fall apart. These crucial elements can be locations where you can switch off most of the company in an instant.

Additional Sources of Information

To download a word document sample emergency action plan for guidance purposes only, click the link below:

  • Sample Written Program for Emergency Action Plan – This is an asset that guides both employers and employees alike to integrate the OSHA standards into their professional lives. You will learn from this source a slew of basic requirements without which an emergency action plan cannot take a sustainable shape.

For those companies needing  assistance in meeting the education and training requirements under OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38, FEMA offers a great independent study program. This can be extended to those members of your business continuity, risk and crisis management or disaster preparedness team:

If applicable, please pass this information on to other disaster preparedness or PS-Prep strategy planning teams.

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