Catastrophic Workplace Accidents: How To Minimize the Risks and Mitigate the Harm - on CDNo employer ever expects a catastrophic workplace accident or incident to occur at their work site. But hardly a week goes by without a headline about a plant explosion, chemical release, or workplace fatality.
The unfortunate fact is that catastrophic workplace accidents happen every day. And your preparedness – or lack thereof – can make the difference between a successful response (or non-response if you can avoid the situation entirely) and a disaster beyond your worst nightmares.
Join us and get your preparedness plan ready for 2013. You’ll learn::
- The essential components of a comprehensive program, both from a regulatory perspective and a common sense perspective
- Some catastrophic incident response best practices that you should consider
- Practical and proven strategies for establishing an effective internal and external communications process
- How to assure that all required notifications occur in the event of an emergency
- The key contacts you need to identify, both within in the company and outside it (in terms of first responders and community organizations)
- How to design, step by step, an effective response plan - and who needs to be involved
- Proven strategies for a successful evacuation
- Mitigation steps to assure that a catastrophic event remains as contained as possible
- How to evaluate processes and operations in order to establish comprehensive shutdown procedures
- Solid approaches for testing your plan and assuring that all involved personnel are properly trained and prepared
- Tips for keeping employees’ families informed following a workplace event
Attorney Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., a partner with Fisher & Phillips, LLP, has worked in the labor and employment area for over 30 years, specializing in occupational safety and health issues. He served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA from 2006 to 2008 and as Chairman of the OSHA Review Commission from 1990 to 1995. In 2010, and again in 2011, he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by "EHS Today" magazine, and in 2008, he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by "Occupational Hazards" magazine. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues and one of the top speakers and writers in this area.