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What is the role of my Emergency Planning Committee?

7 Jun, 2023

Here’s how to maximise safety and reduce risk with an effective Emergency Planning Committee. 

In today’s rapidly changing world, emergency preparedness is essential to maintaining a safe and secure environment. Whether you manage a small business or a large one, it’s critical to have a comprehensive Emergency Evacuation Plan in place. Your Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) is an important piece of this puzzle, helping to reduce risk, increase safety and ultimately save lives. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the role of an EPC and how this team can help protect your business, employees and any visitors in times of crisis. 

What is an Emergency Planning Committee?

An Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) is a group of individuals responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining your organisation’s emergency management plan. This committee will play a pivotal role in coordinating any emergency response efforts in the unfortunate event of an emergency and ensuring the safety and well-being of all people on your premises. By actively working to train and develop skills in this committee, your organisation can better anticipate, prevent, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

What’s the role of an EPC?

Developing Emergency Response Plans 

One of the primary responsibilities of an EPC is to create and update emergency plans specific to the organisation’s needs. These plans outline the necessary actions to be taken in various emergency scenarios, including fires. They provide guidance on evacuation procedures, emergency contacts, communication protocols, and assembly points, as well as Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans. By having a well-crafted plan in place, your organisation can minimise confusion and mitigate risks during emergencies.

Conducting risk assessments

EPC members are also responsible for determining potential risks and hazards within the workplace, including fire hazards. They identify areas that may be vulnerable to fires, such as faulty electrical equipment, flammable materials, or inadequate fire safety measures. These assessments help prioritise fire safety measures, such as installing fire suppression systems, providing fire extinguishers, and establishing clear evacuation routes – ensuring evacuation is as smooth and risk-free as possible in an emergency. 

Training and education

The EPC is responsible for organising training programs that help enhance employees’ knowledge of emergency procedures, including fire safety. This will include regular evacuation drills to ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities during a crisis. It’s their job to promote a culture of preparedness, helping reduce the likelihood of accidents, while ensuring chaos does not ensue. 

Reviewing and updating procedures

Another role of your EPC is continuously reviewing and updating your emergency procedures and response plans to maintain their effectiveness. It’s their job to keep up to date with the latest fire safety regulations, best practices, and advancements in emergency management. By keeping up with industry standards, the committee can adapt their strategies and protocols accordingly, ensuring the organisation remains prepared for any eventuality.

Never forget the importance of fire safety!

Remember, being prepared is the key to mitigating risks and protecting what matters most – your people, your premises, and your business. Implementing effective fire block plans and Evacuation Diagrams highlighting fire exits, fire suppression systems, and other crucial information will help to support the work they do. By integrating effective emergency evacuation signage, your EPC can ensure your premises’ emergency plans are comprehensive and accurate, helping keep people safe and out of harm’s way – each and every day – even as your organisation changes. 


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