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Emergency Action Planning

September 6, 2013  (*Administrative Office)

Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), What is an Emergency Action Plan?  It is a written document required by particular OSHA standards [29 CFR 1910.38(a)].

The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

Putting together a comprehensive emergency action plan that deals with those issues specific to your worksite is not difficult. It involves taking what was learned from your workplace evaluationand describing how employees will respond to different types of emergencies, taking into account your specific worksite layout, structural features, and emergency systems. Most organizations find it beneficial to include a diverse group of representatives (management and employees) in this planning process and to meet frequently to review progress and allocate development tasks. The commitment and support of all employees is critical to the plan's success in the event of an emergency; ask for their help in establishing and implementing your emergency action plan. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees.  Below are some things to consider creating procedures for when creating an Emergency Action Plan.

Your farming operation is your business so you should have a plan too to protect your investment.  Take time to figure out and apply some of these steps to your own business.  Do you have contact numbers in a place where you can get to them quickly if there is an emergency?  Plan today.

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