Keep flashlights, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries at your business. Depending on your location, you may also want to store non-perishable food, drinking water, and blankets. When feasible and necessary, consider stocking equipment that can help your business return to operations as quickly as possible, such as a generator.
To get your business up and operating again after a disaster, you’ll need to be able to access critical business information. In addition to backing up computer data, keep an offsite list of your insurance policies, banking information, the phone numbers and email addresses of employees, key customers, vendors, suppliers, and other key contacts. You’ll also want to maintain an inventory of your business equipment, supplies, and merchandise. Consider taking digital photos or videos of all items and storing these records on the cloud.
When was the last time your employees were trained to respond to an active shooter? Does your HR department have training to identify the warning signs of aggressive behavior and violent tendencies? Is a strict workplace violence policy in place? Are employees empowered to report violence to management? Have you conducted an active shooter drill at your facility?
Individual states are encouraged to establish and administer their own health and job safety requirements. As of 2020, there are 22 of these State Plans. OSHA requires these plans to be at least as effective as OSHA in protecting workers and preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.
Employees and supervisors all need to know how to approach and control the hazards related to their day-to-day tasks. This is where a written safety plan can be a valuable training tool. There are specific workplace conditions, activities, and chemicals that require an OSHA Safety Plan, including: