CAN YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES SAFELY
WALK OUT OF A BLACKOUT?
you and your employees know what to do if a catastrophe, such
as the major blackout that hit parts of the U.S. in August 2003,
strikes your workplace? Or will everyone panic?
to OSHA, before an emergency occurs, employees in high-rise buildings
1) Be familiar with the worksite and emergency evacuation plan;
2) Know the pathway to at least two alternative exits from every
room/area at the workplace;
3) Recognize the sound/signaling method of the fire/evacuation
4) Know who to contact in an emergency and how to contact them;
5) Know how many desks or cubicles are between your workstation
and two of the nearest exits so you can escape in the dark if
6) Know where the fire/evacuation alarms are located and how to
use them; and,
7) Report damaged or malfunctioning safety systems and back-up
It would behoove employers to purchase battery-operated flashlights,
radios, televisions, and several lamps, for use by their employees
in the event of a blackout. Each of the employees should do the
same for use at their individual homes so that every member of
their family will be able to maneuver within the home or evacuate
safely in the event of a blackout.
would be a good idea to have you and your employees close your
eyes, or put on a blindfold, and practice walking around the office
or room to identify where each item is located, so that when a
blackout does occur unexpectedly, people will be more likely to
find their way around in the dark. Periodic practice techniques
could save lives, time, and will help to eliminate the cause for
people to panic.
This can also be practiced in the home.
information covers only some of the basic considerations for safe
evacuation. These recommendations do not substitute for a site-specific
evacuation program, nor does it detail specific OSHA or OSHA-approved
state plan standards that may be applicable to individual worksites.
is the intent of Professional Safety Training Services, Inc. and
Professional Safety Consulting Services, to keep the public informed
with the latest national and global news that will help to ensure
that everyone will become more knowledgeable about how to prepare
for natural and man-made catastrophes well in advance, in order
to save lives and prevent major destruction of homes and property.
Calvin Williams and his experienced staff of Safety Consultants
and Instructors, will be available upon request to provide free
counseling and consultation if anyone should have any questions,
or if they need verbal assistance in the event of an emergency
or an immediate evacuation should a blackout occur, due to a hurricane,
or an electrical failure. Please feel free to contact us if you
should need our services.
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