Teach all workers this disaster info

All employees should know the following steps in order to prepare for workplace incidents, says Anita M. Holloway, MD, MBA, manager of health strategy and clinical programs at Warrenville, IL-based Navistar:

  • procedures outlined in disaster and emergency preparedness plans. These prepare employees in advance for anticipated response activities and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses;
  • information about potential hazards, such as exposure associated with a worksite chemical spill;
  • what to do in the event of a spill or other disaster at work;
  • how and where to get care from an emergency department. For example, a decontamination unit may be needed after a chemical spill event;
  • how to get accurate and timely information during and immediately after the event;
  • where to get follow-up information on worksite status and additional care services.