When we discussed the first steps factory managers have to take in an emergency situation, we mentioned having a clear grasp of your company’s emergency plan ahead of time. Today, we’ll talk about a few attributes of a fine-tuned emergency management plan.
2011 has already been a dangerous year for natural disasters. The deadly tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, and snowstorms have emphasized the need to evaluate plant crisis management plans worldwide. It is best to find and fix the faults in the protocol before the plant is flooded or the power is out, rather than discovering problems (and just how dangerous they can be) in the heart of a crisis. The time taken to review the plan, and a little footwork to check the necessary equipment could prove to be incredibly well-spent, and not just because of the peace of mind it gives you.
Check Inspection Dates
Frequent inspections ensure that the emergency equipment will work when needed. Safety inspectors also test the equipment, check for wear, missing pieces and other things that can impede use. It also gives the plant an opportunity to replace expired or worn-out materials as needed. Depending on the equipment, safety inspections could be performed by independent companies, government agencies, or preventive maintenance personnel. Check the inspection dates and call in the appropriate person to perform the task today.
Update the Plan
Renovations, expansions, etc. can alter the exit routes for evacuation. Any new additions to or subtractions from the building space can also alter the available resources as well. For example, eliminating a wall may have forced the company to relocate the fire extinguishers. This minor detail becomes critical during a fire. Update the plan after every alteration in the building space in order to maintain the safety of personnel when the plan is needed.
Drills, emergency preparedness meetings, and workshops are useful to educate everyone in the plant on any changes to the crisis plan. The plant should have regular drills, meetings, and workshops to ensure that everyone is updated whenever there is a change. Also, keep copies of the crisis plan posted in a public space, as needed. It is critical that everyone knows what they will need to do in case of an emergency.
Eagle Technologies Group is an industry leader in the design and installation of factory automation systems worldwide.