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Emergency Action Plan

An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards. [29 CFR 1910.38(a)] The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

At a minimum, the plan must include but is not limited to the following elements [29 CFR 1910.38(c)]:

§  Means of reporting fires and other emergencies

§  Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments

§  Procedures for employees who remain to operate critical facility operations before they evacuate

§  Accounting for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed

§  Rescue and medical duties for employees performing them

§  Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted