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                                Emergency Procedures
            POTENTIAL RISK: INADEQUATE FIRE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Fire can cause personnel to panic and act in an unusual manner, especially if they are not aware of the
Fire Emergency Procedures and exit routes, or if adequate fire fighting appliances have not been
provided.

PRECAUSIONS TO BE TAKEN

   Supervisors shall ensure that an adequate number of fire fighting appliances are provided for all
    locations and work, that all personnel are aware of the locations and the use of all fire fighting
    equipment.
   Supervisors shall ensure that suitable emergency procedures have been implemented to deal with a
    fire and that all personnel (including visitors) are aware of the procedures.
   Supervisors shall also ensure that an adequate means of fire escape has been provided, i.e. two
    possible escape routes from any location.
   Supervisors shall ensure that all new personnel are given a full induction on all emergency and safety
    procedures.

                 POTENTIAL RISK: INADEQUATE FIRST AID PROCEDURES:

Accidents (injuries) can escalate if suitable first aid supplies have not been provided or if an adequate
number of personnel have not been trained in emergency first aid procedures.

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN

   Supervisors shall ensure that a suitable number of first aid boxes or other first aid equipment is
    present on site and easily accessible (not locked up) and that al! personnel have been made aware of
    its location.
   Supervisors shall also ensure that an adequate number of persons have been trained in techniques of
    first aid to deal with an emergency.

               POTENTIAL RISK: INADEQUATE EVACUATION PROCEDURES:

Confusion and mayhem can occur if personnel are not aware of the evacuation procedures for a building
or site.

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN

   Supervisors shall ensure that such procedures are in place and that all personnel are given a full
    induction on all emergency and safety procedures.
   Regular evacuation drills shall be implemented to measure and monitor the performance of
    evacuation procedures.
      POTENTIAL RISK: INADEQUATE "EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN" PROCEDURES:
Accidents/incidents can escalate if personnel are not aware of plant, equipment and/or machinery
shutdown procedures.

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN

   Supervisors shall ensure that personnel operating particular items of plant equipment and/or
    machinery are aware of "shutdown procedures" in the event of an emergency.
   Regular shutdown "drills" shall be implemented to ensure that personnel will be competent to carry
    out such tasks in a "real" emergency situation and also to monitor the effectiveness of the procedure.




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