Occupational Safety and Health - Emergency Action Plans
Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is an integral part of every agencies safety program. The EAP addresses the safety and security of its employees and the public, communications strategies during an event, plans for evacuation and shelter in place. When it comes to emergency response planning, many employees immediately think of major events like fires, terrorism, and other major catastrophes. In some cases, however, an event may be an employee or visitor suffering chest pains and a possible heart attack. The event may also be a perceived or actual threat from an employee or visitor in the workplace, or even an employee injury. The Safety Division is charged with ensuring that every Anne Arundel County agency has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). OSHA Industry standards require written emergency evacuation plans under the General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.38. EAP’s include the required evacuation plans and ensure that each department has a plan of action to secure the safety of employees in the event of an emergency.