Q: Do we need to be prepared and train for an emergency in the workplace?
A: Yes. Clause 43 of Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 states that "a person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that an emergency plan is prepared for the workplace..."
Q: What is involved in preparing an emergency plan?
A: An emergency plan must include emergency procedures, testing of the emergency procedures (including frequency of testing) and information, training and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures.
Emergency procedures includes documenting an effective response to an emergency, evacuation procedures, notifying emergency services organisations at the earliest opportunity, medical treatment and assistance, and effective communication with all persons at the workplace.
Workplace Emergency Management consultants will work with you to develop your emergency plan, document it and train you in it. We offer a complete service to make you compliant and prepare your people for an emergency.
Q: Can I get fined if I don't have an emergency plan?
A: Yes. A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must maintain the emergency plan for the workplace so that it remains effective.
Maximum penalty: in the case of an individual $6,000 or in the case of a body corporate $30,000.
Q: What type of emergency do we need to prepare for?
A: Basically anything that puts, or could put, life in danger.
Examples of emergencies include fire, bomb threat, medical, flood, bushfire, chemical spill, natural disaster, structure damage, civil disorder, armed holdup.
Q: How much time does it take up?
A: It depends on the size of the facility, but in most cases it could be as little as 1hr three times per year. Workplace Emergency Management will organise everything else, leaving you to run your business.
Q: What is an "Emergency Planning Committee"?
A: Emergency Planning Committee is the term used for the body of people that continually prepares the facility for an emergency. The EPC develops, implements and maintains an Emergency Plan.
Workplace Emergency Management will work with the EPC and the key stakeholders to develop the Emergency Plan which documents the systems, strategies, procedures and any other arrangements that relate to Emergency Response and Emergency Management.
Q: What is an "Emergency Control Organisation"?
A: Emergency Control Organisation is the term used for people trained in the workplace to respond to emergencies and take control by informing people there is an emergency, the best way to respond to the emergency and the account for people. In most cases, these people are called Wardens.
Workplace Emergency Management will tailor a training package to suit your facility.
Q: Do we have to fight fires, defuse bombs and rescue people from burning buildings?
A: No, No and No. As part of the Emergency Control Organisation your main priority is yourself, and then if it's safe to do so, inform people there is an emergency, the best way to respond to the emergency and then to account for people. The main tool to removing people from danger is the use of information. Workplace Emergency Management uses comprehensive training in Human Behaviour in emergencies to prepare and give the tools for people to remove people from danger in emergencies.
Workplace Emergency Management does however train in first attack fire fighting, giving you the knowledge to attack a fire at the early stage or to contain/extinguish a fire in order to remove people from danger.
Q: How many people need to attend the training?
A: It depends on the size of the facility and the amount of people in the facility, however as a general rule of thumb about 1 in 20 people, or 2 people per floor or area. An exercise will need to be carried out at least once per year and all staff will need to be involved, generally for minimal time.
Workplace Emergency Management will assess the facility and provide a recommendation.
Q: What is a PEEP?
A: A PEEP is a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.
Q: Who requires a PEEP?
A: A PEEP is required for each person who requires assistance to evacuate in an emergency. Assistance may be required due to mobility restrictions, vision or hearing impairment or learning difficulties.
Workplace Emergency Management will assist with developing as many PEEPs as required in your facility.
Q: Who is qualified to prepare Emergency Plans and train people in the workplace in Emergency Procedures?
A: We are. At Workplace Emergency Management our Trainers and Consultants are competent and confident in emergency management and have real emergency experience.
Our understanding of real emergencies means we are well placed to assess and advise on the best way to prepare your facility and personnel for emergencies.
Q: What is the difference between a bomb and a suspicious item?
A: A suspicious item is any item that is not able to be identified or accounted for. A bomb would be classified as a suspicious item, but an emergency relating to a bomb would be classified as a Bomb Threat Emergency. A Bomb Threat Emergency may include a suspicious item, which may or may not be a bomb.
Workplace Emergency Management will develop Suspicious Item Response and Bomb Threat Emergency Procedures, checklists and protocols should your facility require them, or any other specialised emergency plans and procedures.
We are based in Sydney and service all of Australia.
Call us on 1300 831 694 to discuss your needs with one of our consultants today.
Areas we service:
• New South Wales
• Northern Territory
• Western Australia
• South Australia