What Type of Emergency Procedure Does Your Company Need?
The quick answer is, one all of your employees know about and can locate in case of emergency. Ideally, they’re trained to know:
- Where the procedure is placed
- How to access it when needed
- How to read it
- What to do with it in case of emergency
How Do You Determine the Type of Emergency Procedure You Need?
Emergency procedure can be industry-specific but, emergency procedure also intersects for many industries. It’s OK to check with your industry and your state for a blueprint of a procedure. They may already have a good point of departure for you.
When to Write Down Your Procedure?
As an instructional design firm, sometimes we see writing down policies and procedures as the “afterthought” in training. As years go by, we understand this may be why:
People don’t think they have time to write it down.
As you’re starting your business, you just “hustle, hustle, hustle.” You’ll get to it later. And then, you find yourself in the middle of your kitchen flooding or your kitchen full of smoke, and no one knows the procedure for how to handle the problem.
Act Preventatively Instead
It’s easy to believe you don’t need to have your procedure in place until you need it. But it makes more sense to have your process ready before you start your business. Too many times these procedures are in place back-tracking from an incident, instead of preventatively.
What Are Some Examples of Emergency Procedures?
Here are some non-industry specific examples:
- Emergency Closure
- Medical Emergencies
- Civil Disturbance
See how these are a little different than your regular how-to process?
There are more emergency procedures, of course, and then you have to look at your industry for specifics. Remember, checking with regulatory agencies about procedure compliance is also a great idea we highly recommend.
Will Your Employees Really Think to Grab a Book When There’s an Emergency?
This is where training and simulations come in. Not only that, but continuing education to make sure your employees know what to do in case of emergency. Ask yourself how many times a year you implement drills and training? If the answer is “zero,” we recommend you look at that.
Who Are We?
We are Miranda Park Learning, your instructional design experts. When you need to write down your emergency procedure, we’re here. Give us a call at 720-722-9998 or contact us at Mirandaparklearning.com. We look forward to chatting with you.
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