Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, May 01, 2019
Severe weather including snow & ice storms, heavy rain & flooding, extreme heat, tornados, and thunderstorms can cause chaos in the workplace. Having a severe weather plan in place can help keep your employees safe if a severe weather emergency occurs.
A severe weather policy is a key part of the overall emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plan of your business. When developing a severe weather plan, the safety of your employees should be first priority, followed by a plan that allows the business to meet necessary needs.
Eight Items to Consider Covering in Your Severe Weather Policy
When developing your plan, consider setting criteria about what may cause a closure, including the amount of snowfall, road conditions, temperatures, and warnings from the National Weather Service and your state’s Department of Transportation.
OSHA offers resources for emergency preparedness planning on their website, including planning for natural disasters and weather situations where employees may need to shelter in place.Emergency Preparedness
Having a severe weather plan in effect in advance of any unexpected weather events will allow for your business to plan ahead and keep things running smoothly in the event of an emergency.
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