Model WHS legislation requires the existence, display and assessment of emergency procedures in every workplace. The recommended structure for an emergency control organisation in a workplace is laid down in AS3745:2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities and AS3804:2010 Planning for emergencies in healthcare facilities. While only a guide, these documents are reinforced by Workplace Health and Safety Legislation. This places the responsibility of the person in charge of a workplace to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace. In the States and Territories this is reinforced by further statute and common law.
Providers of residential care, under Accreditation Standard Four, must have emergency plans and protocols in place.
Major Hazard facilities are places such as oil refineries, chemical plants and large fuel and chemical storage sites where large quantities of hazardous materials are stored, handled or processed. There are specific requirements for emergency management including risk assessments of manifest quantities.
High risk industries such as construction and mining must have emergency procedures, and possibly an Emergency Response Team, at all times and aligned with the WHS Management System.
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