Emergency events stem from a range of natural, biological, technological, industrial and other human impacts. The effects of these impacts is a significant economic and social cost to business.
Costs of emergency response in Australia is following an upward trend. Frequency of crisis events is also increasing. This has lead to a fundamental shift in focus on resource allocation. Emphasis is now directed towards cost-effective, evidence-based risk mitigation and away from the traditional Response and Recovery processes.
TYPES OF EMERGENCIES
AS 3745 defines the different emergency categories:
- Fire and/or Smoke
- Bomb threat
- Medical emergency
- Personal threat
- Internal emergency
- External emergency
Internal emergencies account for around 80% of all emergencies in the workplace. This can include events such as interruption to supply chain, internal flooding, loss of telecommunications and loss of numerous staff due to unforeseen event (eg gastro). Sometimes Internal emergencies can evolve into External emergencies with a recent example being the aggrieved employee who wilfully inserted needles into strawberries.
External emergencies includes events such as cyclone, earthquake, flooding or power failure by state energy supplier.
A risk assessment needs to be conducted to identify and analyse the risks pertinent to the workplace of the PCBU.
It is mandatory for all persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to have an emergency plan for the workplace.
WHAT IS YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATION?
Regulation 43 of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 prescribe that all persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must have an emergency plan prepared for the workplace.
An emergency plan is a written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in the event of an emergency. The plan must include provisions to test the procedures plus emergency procedure training to relevant workers.
A multitude of Australian Standards provide further guidance on what should be included in an emergency plan including the following:
- AS/NZS ISO 31000 Risk management – principles and guidelines
- AS/NZS 5050 Business continuity – Managing disruption-related risk
- AS 3745 Planning for emergencies in facilities
- AS 1851 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
BENEFITS OF HAVING AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN
- Compliance with regulatory requirements
- Compliance with insurance policy conditions
- Reduced operational downtime
- Reduced losses as a result of a disruption
- Improved staff and stakeholder confidence
- Improved process understanding
- Improved operational resilience
- Manage exposure to risks of business interruption
- Compliance with clients contractual requirements and avoidance of liabilities and penalties
Our multidisciplinary emergency management team has extensive experience in assisting clients to adhere to their legal obligations using an All Hazards, Multi-Agency approach. Their unique skills sets, education and experience will support you in developing your business resilience.
Talis is able to provide turn-key solutions to cover all your emergency management needs, including:
- Evacuation Diagrams
- Warden & Chief Warden training
- Fire extinguisher training
- Prepare, maintain and test Emergency Plans & equipment
- Conduct exercises to test Emergency Plans (from small scale evacuation to Mass Casualty Exercises)
- Business Continuity Planning
- Test & Tag of electrical, fire protection, height safety and biomedical assets
- Incident Management Team training
From developing an evacuation diagram to running a complex multi agency exercise contact us to discuss options to suit your operational needs.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the mass casualty response plan at a 7,000 person Major Hazard Facility.
- Emergency Management consultant to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a 600 bed tertiary hospital in Perth, WA. Included testing of evacuation plans for entire hospital. Also included participation in Exercise Centum, an exercise designed to assess Western Australian Emergency Services capacity to respond to a major incident.
- Design, implementation and commissioning of 100 bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia, West Africa.
- Develop capacity in local workforce to respond to future Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
- Assist State Emergency Services (Qld) with Response and Recovery during Queensland floods following cyclone Yasi and cyclone Ului.