By now you should have already developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for your operation. Your EAP probably includes instructions on how to handle emergencies involving your operation’s day-to-day functions and activities: chemical leaks and spills, fires, use of personal protective equipment, confined spaces – just to name a few.
Uncommon, but Still Dangerous
But have you considered other, less common conditions under which your EAP may apply?
- Depending on where your operation is based, seasonal storms can wreak havoc and create dangerous situations for your personnel. Make sure your EAP includes instructions and locations of storm shelters, supplies and first aid equipment, generators, and so on.
- When we talk about fire danger in agriculture, we usually think of buildings, equipment, and livestock. But grass and field fires are just as much of a danger, particularly in parts of the country that are dry for several months of the year. Your EAP should consider the particulars of keeping both personnel and livestock safe.
- Health emergencies. Accidents and injuries aren’t the only types of emergencies in which first aid might be needed. Does your EAP include instructions on what to do if an employee experiences a heart attack, stroke, or allergic reaction?
A Reminder About Emergency Personnel
Also, it should be noted that if you haven’t included your local emergency services in your EAP already, now would be a good time to do so. You never know when you might need them, and it’s important that they are as familiar as you are with your operation’s procedures for managing emergencies.