All organisations must be able to respond to workplace emergencies quickly and competently. To achieve this, an organisation must have an emergency response plan in place, as well as staff members who are trained and prepared to respond to emergencies should one arise.
This means emergency response training carried out in line with organisational emergency response plans is essential for all business organisations. Here are several of the many benefits to providing staff members with the appropriate emergency response training.
Training Improves Responder Confidence
In addition to being able to respond to workplace emergencies quickly and competently, training empowers emergency responders to meet dangerous challenges with greater confidence. When responders have received proper emergency response training, they feel more confident and assured of their capabilities and that confidence and assuredness enables them to respond to emergencies more competently and safely for the benefit of all involved.
Training Helps Responders Follow Emergency Plans
Emergency plans are designed to reduce injuries and fatalities, reduce damage to buildings, property and the environment, and help to resume work activities as quickly as possible. These plans provide responders with guidance during emergencies, so training empowers responders to accurately follow the specified procedures within the plan to handle unexpected situations.
Training Empowers Responders to Use Safety Equipment
Without proper emergency response training, most responders wouldn’t be able to use safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and blankets, hose reels and other items as effectively as they need to, which could have serious consequences.
It’s important to understand that, for example, different fire extinguishers are used for different types of fires (fuel sources), so proper training is required for responders to understand that water extinguishers are used on Class A fires only and that dry powder extinguishers are only to be used on Class D fires.
Furthermore, it’s essential that the fire extinguishers and emergency equipment responders have access to are regularly maintained and serviced by an approved technician in order to be compliant with OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Regulations, WorkSafe and Manufacturer Specifications. This ensures workplace incidents can be addressed efficiently if they arise and it also aids organisations by helping to prevent liability claims should someone sustain injuries.
Training Is an Investment in Employees
Providing employees with training of any variety has long been seen as an excellent investment in employee retention. When employees are provided with emergency response training, management is essentially saying to them, ‘We have confidence in you and you’re a valuable asset to our organisation’.
That’s an excellent way of developing a loyal workforce, in this case a loyal workforce that’s been empowered to respond to emergencies in the workplace in a competent and effective manner that could realistically prevent injuries and fatalities among their colleagues and others.
Additionally, providing staff members with emergency response training saves organisations money in a variety of ways, from reducing damage to buildings and business infrastructure to preventing liability claims as a result of an emergency that results in injuries or worse. As all businesses exist to turn a profit, the opportunity to protect their bottom line should be one that’s too good for management to pass up.