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Is Your Business Prepared For An Emergency?

Published: July 25, 2016

Recent world events have proven that disasters can be both unpredictable and devastating. Major emergencies such as fires and floods can occur out of the blue, with serious implications for businesses.

Is your business prepared for an emergency? Creating a safe work environment is critical to the success of your business, and important to retain staff and maximize productivity, not to mention the ethical and moral obligations. Business owners are responsible for health and safety in the workplace and need to ensure the business does not cause health and safety issues for employees, customers or the public.

As the Scouts’ motto goes, ‘Be Prepared’. Complementing existing emergency evacuation strategies, Mitrefinch Time and Attendance system (TMS) enables you to maintain an accurate real-time list of who is working on a particular site, facility or office. If an emergency occurs, this Onsite List can be used to quickly account for everyone at your premises – saving valuable time for emergency crews. Supervisors can access the Onsite List via their mobile device, laptop or Outlook email. Employee skills can also be highlighted on the Onsite List e.g. First Aider, Fire Warden.  Defining a chain of command will also ensure the emergency plan runs smoothly.

Having established policies such as compensation and absences, return to work procedures, telecommuting, and flexible work hours will allow the business to be prepared in case an emergency does happen. Maintaining good communications with all staff so everyone knows the plan will go a long way to ensure smooth continuity.

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