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Emergency Preparedness in ISO 14001 and ISO 45001

Emergency preparedness is a massive part of health and safety management, environmental management, and the ISO standards for each. Emergency preparedness refers to identifying, planning for, and being ready for accidents, natural disasters, spills, gas realises and other emergencies in the workplace. Every business must be aware of and prepared for these events, as quick and effective action may help contain or ease the situation and reduce the consequences.

Emergency Preparedness in ISO 14001 – Environmental Management

Emergency preparedness is crucial for ISO 14001 and requires organisations to identify potential emergencies or accidents that could impact the environment around them. Once identified, the company should then implement a clear and thorough procedure (or procedures) to deal with these emergencies. Organisations must maintain these procedures over time and continue to identify new emergencies that could arise.

Organisations must document the procedure for responding to emergencies or accidents so that those in the organisation can understand it and use it when required. They should undertake regular reviews of these practices and make revisions if circumstances change.

Communicating with and providing relevant information to employees, visitors, contractors, and anyone else who may need it is essential for emergency preparedness so that everyone knows what is expected and required of them if an event occurs.

Emergency Preparedness in ISO 45001 - Health and Safety

Part of ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard, is that unexpected and unplanned events need an immediate response to reduce any adverse effect on the health and safety of employees and other related parties (contractors, visitors, people nearby, etc.)

Organisations must determine, implement, and maintain a straightforward process to demonstrate they are prepared for various emergencies and accidents and show that they know how to respond if such a situation should occur. This process includes providing first aid, evacuation plans and much more.

Emergencies should include those that could originate both within and outside of the organisation. Organisations should also include working practices that could impact the health and safety of employees and others. If an incident should occur, the processes and information must be clear, concise, and easy for personnel to understand and follow.

For example, employees should be trained to provide safe and effective first aid if it were ever to be required. Employees should also be trained so that they can provide leadership roles in an evacuation due to a fire.  All arrangements should be tested to ensure that they work and to ensure learnings are cascaded throughout the business.  If workers are well trained and have agreed plans, responsibilities and actions, they will be more likely to respond reliably.

If your organisation needs assistance with emergency preparedness for either ISO 14001 or ISO 45001, Risg Solutions can help. Our highly trained and experienced team will partner with you to prepare your organisation for any situation. Call us now for an informal, no-obligation chat with our teams in Swansea 01792 721 750 or Cardiff at 02920 099 450. Alternatively, send an email to info@risgsolutions.co.uk and a team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

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