OSHA Standard: 1926.35(e) Employee Emergency Actions Plan
Frequency: As Conditions or Roles Change
Training Style: 10 or fewer employees may be communicated. 11 or more requires a written plan with documented training.
Location: The written plan shall be kept at the workplace and made available for employee review.
Employer Responsibilities: Before implementing the emergency action plan (EAP) the employer is responsible to designate and train a sufficient number of employees to assist in the safe and orderly emergency evacuation of employees. The employer is required to review the EAP initially when the plan is developed, whenever the employee’s responsibilities or designated actions under the plan changes, and whenever the plan is changed. The employer is also responsible to review the plan with each employee upon initial assignment those parts of the plan which the employee must know to protect the employee in the event of an emergency.
Employee Responsibilities: Employees are responsible to know the role that are assigned and the task(s) related to that role.
Summary: The hardest thing about a construction site is that the structure is continuously changing as construction goes on. Therefore, it is important when employees first arrive to the site they are instructed on the EAP. Furthermore, as conditions or employees change the plans needs to be updated and trained upon to ensure compliance with the standard. Another important point is the documentation of training.
Sergeant Safety offers a wide range of services to assist with your emergency action procedures. For one, Sergeant Safety can create a custom Emergency Action Manual and provide training on that system. Emergency Action Plus can provide a notification system for an emergency actions on the jobsite. And the STAC system offers a perfect streamlined solution to documenting all training and be able to run reports on who doesn't have training. A combination of training and safety resources could prove crucial during an OSHA inspection or during an emergency action event.