Emergency plannning

 

Regardless of controls put in place to prevent Work Health and Safety (WHS) incidents occurring, they can still happen. For example, a fire can start, someone may get electrocuted, trapped or injured by machinery or exposed to pesticides or chemicals. You must be prepared for any foreseeable incident.

A Farm Emergency Plan

The purpose of an emergency plan is to minimise the effects of a dangerous incident. When developing an emergency plan, consideration must be made of:

  • the size and location of the farm
  • the hazards on the farm
  • the work being done, and
  • the number of workers and other persons living on the farm.

 Content of Emergency Plans

 An Emergency Plan should include:

  • Emergency procedures that include:

    • an effective response to an emergency evacuation procedures
    • notification procedures to advise emergency services
    • medical treatment and assistance
    • communication procedures between the person coordinating the emergency response and all persons at the workplace
  • Testing emergency procedures and how often this will be done
  • How workers and contractors will be provided with information, training and instruction about implementing the emergency procedures

 An Emergency Plan template can be downloaded following this hyperlink.