Make Sure Workers Know How to Protect Themselves in a Workplace Emergency

Jul 28 2015 - Health and Safety, Workplace Violence - HRWatchdog

A recent CareerBuilder survey looks at how safe workers feel in their workplaces and how well they feel their companies work to ensure their security.

The survey found that:

  • The vast majority of workers (94 percent) feel their office is a secure place to work; and
  • Nearly a quarter of workers (23 percent) say they would not know what to do to protect themselves if there was an emergency in their office that posed a physical threat.

Employees were also surveyed regarding how secure they felt in relation to specific forms of threat. Of those surveyed:

  • Three in ten employees (30 percent) do not feel their workplace is well-protected from a physical threat from another person.
  • Most workers (85 percent) feel their workplace is well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other disaster.
  • Most workers (83 percent) feel their workplace is well-protected from weather-related threats.

Emergency Plans

One in five workers (21 percent) report that their company does not have an emergency plan in place in case of fire, flood or other disaster, and 1 in 4 (26 percent) say the same of extremely severe weather. Even more workers were concerned that their company did not have a plan in place in case of physical attack at work from another person.

In California, all employers are required to have an “Emergency Action Plan” that presents the designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies. All Emergency Action Plans must be in writing, except employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plan orally to their employees and need not maintain a written plan.

The national online survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between February 11 and March 6, 2015 and included a representative sample of more than 3,000 full-time, U.S. workers across industries and company sizes.

HRCalifornia members can read more about Emergency Action Plans in the HR Library. Not a member? See how HRCalifornia can help you.

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