This is a guest blog written by CJ Anderson
Briefly, I am a retired OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) trainer from the national Safety Council and Maricopa Community college, where I taught safety for 15 years and was a regional federal trainer for five. I now run a non-profit that I have built up to $675,000 in services for eleven counties in Arizona in three years. I found that while people will not get ready for disaster, they will ask for disaster preparations for their pets. I recently got word that we are expecting a very bad El Nino in Feburary/March. Do you remember the intense flooding we had in July 19 and August 8 of 2014? What would you do if your workplace gets flooded?
So many communities affected, as they were not prepared. In the 25 years of disaster response, I have seen over and over how small businesses are forced to go out of business because they did not have a disaster response plan as mandated by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.35-38 or a business continuity plan.
What I offered is a free webinar to get businesses to focus on the beginning stages. Evacauations – Stay or go, and making emergency action plans (with a few comments on continuity of business). OSHA has mandated work places have an evacuation for their employees – whether paid staff or volunteer. for their safety. OSHA mandates that this plan in writing if there are over ten employees. They do not mandate a business have it in writing for under 11 employees – BUT they mandate you have a plan for evacuations and an Emergency Action Plan for disasters.
You are welcomed to join us to examine the requirements and hazards for your area, to make decisions and explore options for both your employee safety and to be better able to continue your business after a disaster comes your way. Attendees will be send materials to begin to work on plans between the first and second week.
Please register for Evacuations to Stay or Go and Emergency Plans by Jan 12, 2016 5:00 PM MST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.
Please come to attend with your fellow workers to work out YOUR workplace plan. Cost is free although donations of cash or in-kind are appreciated.
Session 1 ~5 to 6pm Tuesday January 12 to make plans to stay or go.
Session 2 ~ 5-6pm Tuesday January 19 to make hazard specific emergency action plans for your business.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.