Hazard Specific Plans
Every workplace should have these topics covered in their plan; some workplaces may need additional emergency plans to deal with site-specific hazards.
Contact AskMyHR and an occupational safety specialist will help determine what hazards your workplace may face.
All worksites must have a fire safety and evacuation plan. All employees must be made aware of safety features (such as enclosed stairways) and evacuation routes. New staff should receive instructions as part of their orientation. At least one drill should be done annually at your workplace.
Supervisors must determine if the workplace is situated within an earthquake hazard zone. If so, a site inspection must be conducted to ensure the workplace is physically prepared. For example, items should be secured so they do not fall or fly. An earthquake response plan must be prepared and communicated to all employees. Learn more through the provincial emergency preparedness program. Workplaces in earthquake zones should participate in the yearly earthquake drill, The Great BC Shake Out.
Bomb and violence threats may be received in person, by mail or over the phone. Learn what to do if you receive a threat by mail (see bottom of page). If you receive a threat by phone or in person, use this checklist (PDF) and notify the police and your supervisor or security officer immediately.
All bomb threats and threats of violence must be taken seriously and responded to. See Targeted Violence and Threat Assessment.
Power Failure, Spills & Environmental Issues
Injuries and damage from unexpected equipment start-ups, power surges to equipment and possible fire can be prevented in the event of power outages. Depending on your workplace, other emergency plans such as chemical spills or floods may be required as well. Contact AskMyHR for help in determining your specific workplace emergency preparedness needs.