Food Processing Facilities Emergency Action Plans

A Solid Emergency Action Plan

Each and every food processing facility must have a solid commitment to safety. Preparation is vital. A quality food plant will incorporate an emergency plan or an EAP. There will be a necessary document in place. It is called an Occupational Safety and Health Administration document or it is also known as an OSHA document. This will define the employer and employee actions that will come about during all workplace emergencies. The minimum requirements on this document may include necessary emergency information along with various procedures. They might not offer enough of the details to ensure that the very safest response will occur during a dangerous situation. A solid comprehensive plan will completely eliminate any type of confusion along with any hesitancy in the event of an emergency. A non-comprehensive plan will lack the following items:
  • Extensive instructions
  • The failure to address each possible emergency
When these items are not included in an emergency plan, there might be additional confusion added to the overall emergency. Safety will be compromised in the non-comprehensive emergency plan.

Crucial Elements to Add to an Emergency Plan

There is much information that will need to be included in a comprehensive EAP. There are five highly crucial items that ought to be included and incorporated within every emergency situation. Each comprehensive EAP will have more details added within the plan. The following five items must be considered to be crucial within every emergency plan. These include:
  • Clear procedures for the actual reporting of the emergencies; your EAP should list the right authorities or the appropriate chain of command for the specific emergency situation.
  • The actual emergency responders must be designated; this would be organized instruction that will come from a couple of specific individuals. These would be assigned individuals who are qualified to respond to the emergency.
  • The rally points and the evacuation routes need to be defined; The routes must be clearly marked while ensuring that they are wide enough. They must have the ability to accommodate a large amount of personnel that will actually require evacuation.
  • The ability to account for every occupant in the building; there must be documentation that all employees have left the building safely. Each employee must be required to stay at the designated rally point until documentation is complete.
  • Information and data backup technology; it must be known that any type of emergency has the potential to clear out all vital data. The company information could be completely wiped out. There must be a system in place. The information will need to be backed up to a secondary system.
These are five of the key methods or items that must be included when a food plant comprehensive emergency plan is being developed.