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Emergency Plans - Apr 2012

Emergency Plans - Apr 2012

The PCBU must ensure an emergency plan is prepared, maintained and implemented for the workplace by the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU - the new term that includes employers).

The emergency plan must provide:

  • emergency procedures including:
    • an effective response to an emergency
    • evacuation procedures
    • notifying emergency service organisations promptly
    • medical treatment and assistance
    • effective communication between the authorised person who coordinates the emergency response and all persons at the workplace.
  • testing of the emergency procedures, including the frequency of testing.
  • information, training and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures.

Factors to consider when preparing an emergency plan

When preparing and maintaining an emergency plan, the PCBU must consider all relevant matters including:

  • the nature of the work being carried out at the workplace
  • the nature of the hazards at the workplace
  • the size and location of the workplace
  • the number and composition of the workers and other persons at the workplace.