Establish and Maintain Emergency Planning Committee
We consider ourselves the EPC experts. We don’t just bring you to compliance with AS 3745. We make the EPC functional and an asset to the business. We bring along our experience with state based emergency and disaster planning to the workplace. We have established several EPC’s from the ground up, and offer our expertise as external advisors to the EPC’s of several of our clients.
Our interest is making your EPC functional. Not just another committee and another meeting to attend. The EPC should be the go-to place for all emergency related enquiries at work. So, what does an EPC need to be successful? It needs to be visible and active! There are lots of ways the EPC can engage with the occupants of your facility in innovative ways.
Step outside the meeting room, and sell emergency planning to your colleagues! It’s to the benefit of the business, its occupants and their safety.
The EPC is a brilliant initiative for your workplace when managed correctly.
Can your average employee pick up your emergency procedures, and receive an easily delivered message on how to respond to likely workplace emergencies?
The emergency procedures form part of the facilities overall emergency plan. They must be easy to read and understand. These emergency procedures are a living document and should be referenced as part of inductions as well as ongoing staff education.
The accuracy of emergency procedures relates to the accuracy of the information collated by the
Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) in determining what perceived emergencies could take place.
The EPC also hold the responsibility to determine how best to mitigate these emergencies, how to train for and respond to the emergency and how to recover from the event.
The emergency procedures must be stored on site, and made available for staff to reference should they require it. It is recommended that quick reference ‘flip charts’ be generated, and placed around the site for staff to reference in a time effective manner. These flip charts also become a useful resource for new staff and contractors, unfamiliar with the site emergency procedures.
An electronic version of this document must be stored off site, for dissemination by an investigating authority post any incident. Additional points to be considered in the emergency procedures may include:
Roles of specialist staff such as security or reception
The use of emergency colour codes E.g.: ‘CODE RED, CODE RED’
Media response and who is to comment.
First aid officers, and their role in emergency response
Establishment of an Emergency Response Team (ERT) if required
After hours’ contacts
Implementation of Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS)
Fixed training schedule: This is set for occupants, ECO members, ERT members if required.
Section for training records, and debriefs arising from the testing of the emergency plan, and any recommendations for improvement.
Emergency procedures will have a set validity period, and are to be reviewed annually, with the review date and validity period recorded on each page of the document.
PRM Training employs current serving professional emergency responders, from fire and paramedical backgrounds. Our staff are trusted emergency managers with years of experience. PRM Training proudly offers our staff as Chief Warden and event emergency controllers for organisations across Australia. We can provide one member to act as a Chief Warden, through to an entire Emergency Response Team (ERT).