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Educate employees about emergency preparedness

In addition to knowing the risks and making a business continuity plan, you should consider educating your employees. A company’s employees are its greatest asset, and your business will be better off if your employees are prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Ensure that employees are prepared at home

Encourage employees to have a 72-hour kit at home, a “go-bag” at work, and an emergency response plan. You can also direct employees to visit​to learn more about emergency preparedness.

Ensure that employees are prepared at work

Minimize risks in the workplace by keeping a First Aid kit and an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the premises. To ensure that employees know how to use them, consider offering First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses. Courses are available from the City of Calgary and organizations like Canadian Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance, as well as a variety of private providers.

Have an evacuation plan

Medical emergencies aren’t the only kinds of emergencies that can happen at work. If you had to evacuate your workplace, would your employees know where to go? Make an evacuation plan and ensure that all employees are familiar with it. Holding fire drills every month is a good way to make sure all employees know how to evacuate the building. You can also review these fire safety tips for work with your employees. If you work in an office building, learn more about high rise safety.

Prevent the spread of illness

You can prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu by promoting proper handwashing and encouraging employees to sanitize shared vehicles and workstations regularly.

Visit Alberta Health Services to find immunization information for employers.