When there’s been a serious safety incident in your workplace, the last thing on your mind may be how the company’s operations will be impacted. After all, you’re probably focused on investigating the incident, working with government inspectors if necessary, making sure any injured workers get medical attention, etc. And those things should be the safety coordinator’s priority.
But a safety incident, general emergencies, such as fires and explosions, and even natural disasters, such as blizzards, floods and tornadoes, can seriously disrupt operations by damaging your facility, preventing workers from getting to work, interrupting your supply chain, etc.
That’s why it’s so important for your company to have a business continuity plan. When you have such a plan in place, your company will be better prepared to deal with the impact of a wide range of emergencies and ensure that every day operations can continue.
So what if you don’t have a continuity plan? Attend our webinar on Jan. 18: How to Create an HR Continuity Plan: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness. Ann Wyganowski, a Master Business Continuity Professional, Certified Business Resilience Manager and member of the Business Continuity Institute, will tell you:
- The basics for creating your plan
- How to get support for your plan
- How to identify critical employees and services
- Best practices in continuity planning.
OHS Insider Resources
The OHS Insider’s emergency preparedness and response compliance center has more information on why your company should have a business continuity plan and what that plan should cover. It also has information on preparing for and responding to various types of emergencies, including natural disasters. And there are model tools, such as fire safety and earthquake preparedness checklists, as well as a special report on emergency preparedness.