All workplaces are required to have procedures in place to effectively manage emergencies that could happen at work. Plans should include all potential emergencies. Examples listed on the MBIE website include:
Natural hazards: Earthquake, flood, tsunami, volcanic eruption or ash, landslide, tornado or high winds, extreme weather (e.g. drought, major storm), fire.
Health emergencies: Workplace incidents, Hazardous substance event (e.g. chemical spill), medical emergency, public health event (e.g. pandemics), violent people, animal attacks, epidemics.
Utility failures: Electricity outages, IT outages, water supply issues.
Embed the power of Beep
Beep can help support the following emergency procedures -
Staff evacuation: text staff who work onsite and notify those who work offsite. Remind people of the location of the assembly area. Beep could be an integral part in how you stay in contact following the evacuation.
Earthquake: use Beep for follow up communication, practice how it will work during the annual Shake Out Day.
Tsunami: a tsunami may arrive before an official warning is given following an earthquake. Use Beep to control the situation in the meantime, reinforcing an alarm or ordering staff to evacuate to high ground
Continuity of operations: following a disaster use Beep to contact stakeholders and clients, as well as staff, to update them on the location of alternative premises or working arrangements.