Emergency Preparedness and Response: Emergency Response Plan

Emergency Response PlanEmergency situations can impact the operations of your plastics and rubber goods processing facility at any time. Typical emergencies include:

• Medical or first-aid

• Power outages

• Toxic or chemical spills

• Fire

• Terrorism or bomb threat

• Hurricane

• Earthquake

• Tornado

• Flood

• Workplace violence

Most of these scenarios can occur in any plastics and rubber goods processing facility. To help you respond to emergencies, Sentry’s recommended procedures focus on planning, assigning responsibility, response teams, evacuations, medical assistance, equipment and security.  

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with your response to emergencies by implementing these tips for plastics and rubber goods processors:

Emergency Response Plan

• Prepare written response procedures appropriate for each emergency scenario

• Include response elements in your plan that will help ensure an effective response and efficient recovery. Response elements include:

– Notification and alarm system

– Emergency routes and egress

– Emergency equipment

– Training

– Drills and updated

– Responsibility assignments

– Communications

– Business continuity

Responsibility Assignment

Designate a coordinator to manage emergency response, communications and interaction with external emergency agencies and services. Areas of responsibility include:

• Assessing situations to determine whether an emergency exists

• Directing evacuation, staff head count, critical operation(s) continuation and appropriate responses

• Contacting outside emergency agencies and services and interacting with their personnel

• Directing shutdown of facility operations, facilities and equipment as necessary to minimize loss

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