Reviewing emergency response procedures in a non-emergency situation is critical to ensure the plan works and everyone knows what their role and expectations are. Under times of stress, when every minute counts, forest workers should be confident in their Emergency Response Plans (ERPs).
Testing out our ERP in a variety of settings, helping first aid attendants keep their skills sharp and letting workers know of their role in assisting in an emergency can serve to decrease response time and improve the effectiveness of response plans.
Conducting first aid drills to familiarize workers and first aid attendants with the plan and test the system. A debrief discussion helped to create better understanding and improve the plan.
The drills allowed workers to give input into the plans and increased the familiarity of the steps to take in an emergency.
According to a WorkSafe BC report by Dr. Greg Anderson, skill and knowledge retention drops off 30 days after completion of a Level 1 course. Including drills in monthly safety meetings helps to keep first aid attendant’s skills and knowledge current.
The BCFSC has developed a series of drills that you may wish to use for your company, you can download the drills at http://bcforestsafe.org/innovations.html
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