PLAN FOR WORKPLACE EMERGENCIES SERIES PART 4

Restaurant & Bar owners in California with more than ten employees must maintain a written Emergency Action Plan. Title 8 CCR 3220, Emergency Action Plan, states that the Emergency Action Plan “shall cover those designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies. For those employers with 10 or fewer employees the plan may be communicated orally to employees and the employer need not maintain a written plan.”

Emergency Response Teams

The Emergency Response Teams are the first line of defense in emergencies. Team members should be thoroughly trained for potential emergencies and physically capable of carrying out their duties. They need to know about toxic hazards in the workplace and be able to judge whether to evacuate personnel or depend on outside help (e.g. when a fire is too large for them to handle). One or more teams should be trained in:

• Use of various types of fire extinguishers
• First aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
• Shutdown procedures
• Evacuation procedures
• Chemical spill control procedures
• Use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
• Search and emergency rescue procedures

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