Businesses should have an emergency plan as part of an effective health and safety management system, which sets out how to cope with the consequences of a serious incident should this occur in the workplace. The lack of suitable emergency plans can result in organisations losing competent staff and/or damage to property with costs of restitution.

This topic looks at key legislation that requires organisations to establish procedures for emergency events, the aim and purpose of emergency management and how to develop an effective emergency plan. It also looks at issues of risk assessment and contingency planning.

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