Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

An emergency poses an immediate risk of significant harm to health, life, property or the environment. Preparing for emergencies is an important part of your workplace health and safety program and is a legal requirement throughout Canada.

Common types of emergencies

Why prepare for emergencies?

4 elements of an emergency management program

6 key steps to emergency planning

  1. Establish the planning team: representatives from all departments and levels, with support from senior management, is most effective
  2. Assess the risks and company capabilities
  3. Develop the emergency response plan
  4. Implement the plan: obtain equipment, communicate, and train
  5. Test the plan: hold drills or simulation exercises
  6. Improve the plan continuously

What's in a written emergency response plan?

As a worker, it is important that you know how to