Writing an emergency plan
As farmers, we know that accidents and emergencies happen on the farm. These can include fire or explosion, dangerous chemical release, medical emergency and natural disaster.
If you are the person responsible for running your farm, you are also responsible for its emergency plan.
An emergency plan is a written set of instructions that outlines what workers and others at the workplace should do in an emergency. It is a crucial document that can save lives. All of your workers must be trained in how to follow the emergency plan.
Here are seven things that the emergency plan for your farm needs to include:
- Emergency contact details for key personnel who have specific roles or responsibilities, such as fire wardens or first aid officers.
- Contact details for local emergency services, such as the NSW Police, Fire and Rescue NSW or the Ambulance Service of NSW.
- Details of how people will be alerted to an emergency, for example siren or bell alarm
- Evacuation procedures including arrangements for everyone on the farm.
- A map of the workplace with information about the location of fire-fighting equipment, emergency exits and assembly areas.
- Processes for advising neighbouring businesses about emergencies.
- The process following an incident, for example organising follow-up medical treatment and notifying SafeWork NSW.
When writing the plan, consult with your workers and keep in mind:
- the size and location of the farm
- any potential hazards
- the work being done
- the number of workers and other persons living on the farm.
For more information on writing an emergency plan that will help you and your workers keep alive and well, take a look at:
- SafeWork NSW’s Emergency management plan checklist
- SafeWork Australia’s Emergency plans fact sheet
- The Code of Practice: Managing the work environment and facilities