Even though you have taken all the precautions possible to prevent a hazardous spill or emergency in your workplace, mistakes can happen and these events could still occur. While you should do you best to train your employees and make your workplace safe to prevent this situations, you should also be prepared to handle hazardous emergencies.
If you are working in a warehouse, yard, or building where hazardous materials are stored, you should have a map where employees can find all the emergency clean up material. This would include locations of all fire extinguishers, spill kit clean up material, protective gear, and spill management equipment. Employees should be familiar with the locations of all these items and how to use them, but in the event of an emergency, panic and chaos can implement memory blocks.
An evacuation plan lays out all the appropriate exits and muster points. All employees and visitors to the site should be familiar with this plan. In the event of a hazardous disaster that cannot be contained, everyone should be knowledgeable about the muster point, which is a safe haven from the disaster. When everyone arrives at the muster point during the emergency, you will be able to identify which individuals are missing and notify the authorities so proper rescue action is take to prevent loss of life.
An important part of mitigating a hazardous emergency is by having the correct equipment ready on hand. As we discussed previously, a spill kit is very usefully in cleaning up spills, but you should also have protective equipment and containment equipment to prevent the spread and potential injury.
If you do not have some of these items or believe that your not properly prepared for a hazardous emergency, we recommend having your employees complete hazardous material training so they are completely familiar with handling and managing hazardous materials. Global HazMat hazardous material consultation and audits to help identify areas of risk and prevention methods. Contact us today at 1-877-744-4999