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Emergency Management Procedure

Version 1.0 Updated 17 May 2020
Policy Manage

Who can use this procedure?
This procedure can be used by all employers.
Under the relevant health and safety legislation (the 'Legislation') and associated regulations and codes of practice, the primary duty imposed on a person conducting a business or undertaking (‘PCBU’) is to eliminate or minimise, as far as reasonably practicable, the risks to health and safety in the workplace. For the purposes of the Legislation, an employer is a PCBU and therefore bears the primary responsibility.
In line with this duty, the relevant work health and safety regulations impose specific obligations on a PCBU in relation to the preparation, maintenance and implementation of emergency plans and procedures.

Compliance with this Emergency Management Procedure will assist the company in meeting its obligations under the Legislation, associated regulations and codes of practice.

This Procedure does not cover the specific legal requirements for emergency plans and procedures for:

  1. the mining industryor
  2. higher risk work environments such as:
  • hotels, where there are people sleeping on site;
  • stadiums, where there are a large number of people on site at the same time;
  • high risk chemical facilities or other major hazard facilities (including where asbestos is present); and
  • workplaces which require significant cash handling, particularly outside normal business hours.

For specific guidance on emergency plans and procedures for the mining industry or other high risk environments you should also consult the following Safe Work Australia Codes of Practice – Hazardous Manual Tasks; Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals; Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals and How to Safely Remove Asbestos.
More general guidance can also be found in AS 3745-2010 planning for Emergencies Facilities.
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