How prepared is your business for emergencies?
It is estimated that one in three Australian’s are likely to experience a disaster (or the threat of a disaster) in their lifetime. And just as individuals are exposed to growing risk, businesses are too. On any given day the threat of emergency situations like extreme weather events, site shutdowns and workplace safety incidents contribute to the growing risk environment in which we operate.
Emergency events can quickly unfold and have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the workforce, customers and communities. The way these events are managed can also affect the ongoing viability of a business and impact its brand and reputation too.
Preparedness is an important factor in determining how businesses function during emergencies, and how well they bounce back afterwards. Here are three emergencies we think it’s worth preparing for.
With little warning, a wide range of medical conditions can affect the normal functioning of a workplace. And given the highly physical nature of construction work, the risk of some medical emergency can be even greater in this industry.
The Australian Code of Practice for First Aid In The Workplace requires all businesses to provide first aid equipment and adequate facilities and trained workers to administer it. Here are some additional ways for businesses to prepare and plan ahead for medical emergencies:
Ensuring timely and appropriate responses is critical to the safety and wellbeing of anyone involved in a workplace safety incident. To reduce the risk of these emergencies Coates Hire performs regular risk assessments and regularly tests, implements and refines procedures to manage workplace safety.
Here are some other ways Coates Hire invests in emergency preparedness for workplace safety.
Australia doesn’t need to be reminded of just how quickly environmental emergencies can escalate. Or of the burden they can bring to our families, our businesses and communities. Extreme environmental events also have a significant impact on our economy – experts predict the economic cost of natural disasters in Australia will reach $39 billion per year by 2050.
Coates Hire has been at the forefront of supporting major environmental events just like these for many years, and has seen first hand the impact that emergency planning can have on a business’ ability to recover from major environmental events. Business continuity planning will be unique to individual businesses, but some examples of things to consider include:
Has your business been impacted by an emergency? What types of events should we be planning for and prioritising? Please share your thoughts and feedback via LinkedIn.