Emergency Services Management
On Sep 17, 2018, a malfunctioning motor at New Britain Heat Treating Corporation caused a cooling machine to overheat and resultantly started a fire (Backus, 2018). The facility burnt for hours but fortunately, no employee was injured since they escaped before the vapors burst into flames. According to the lead investigator of the case, Ryan Stewart, the cooling equipment overheated, turning oil to vapors. Firefighters arrived instantly at the scene and contained the huge fire within 30 minutes (Backus, 2018). Two firefighters who were contaminated by the chemicals were treated and released from a local hospital.
Emergencies in the workplace are inevitable. Emergencies may include natural disasters like floods, tornadoes, and fires, chemical spills, civil disturbances, or workplace violence resulting in bodily harm. Such disasters, including the New Britain facility’s fire, threaten employees, customers, and the public by shutting down operations and causing environmental damage. So, how do organizations protect the stakeholders and the business against disasters? The best way is to plan for emergency response, a task that is fulfilled by the emergency services management department.
Emergency services managers are required to prepare an emergency action plan to enhance response and minimize the effects in case of an emergency. An emergency action plan includes designated actions that will be taken during a certain emergency to ensure the safety of the employees and the business (Chao, 2001). Emergency management action plan should also cover the preferred method for reporting the emergencies, an evacuation procedure, emergency escape procedures such as floor plans and refuge areas, and names and contacts of internal and external individuals that can help during the emergency response. The emergency management action plan should also stipulate procedures for employees who remain on site to undertake critical functions like operating fire extinguishers or shutting down certain facility operations, as well as rescue and medical duties.
Backus, L. (2018, Sep 25). Fire that Destroyed New Britain Plant Rules Accidental. New Britain Herald. Retrieved fromhttp://www.newbritainherald.com/NBH-General+News/335903/fire-that-destroyed-new-britain-plant-ruled-accidental
Chao, E.L. (2001). How to plan for workplace emergencies and evacuations. United States Department of Labor. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3088.html