Emergency Action Plans, Hazard-Recognition Training, and Bloodborne Pathogens
Emergency Action Plans
The requirement that companies engaged in construction work have an emergency action plan is not recognized by many post-frame contractors, but it definitely applies to the work that we do. This Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement is found in Section 1926.35 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Many employers in our industry and in other construction industries feel that an EAP is supposed to address how to handle an industry accident, but this is not correct. An EAP is supposed to provide guidance for employees for the handling of emergencies that may occur on a construction site. The types of emergencies of concern are those that arise from either natural or human causes. Examples of covered emergency situations include, but are not limited to, tornadoes, hurricanes, severe straight-line winds, significant snowfalls, ice storms, fires, chemical spills, and toxic fumes. In our industry most emergency situations will have natural causes. However, as companies move more into commercial and industrial construction, emergencies caused by human actions are becoming more likely.
Article Author: Gary W. Auman