Calamities seldom come with a warning and often cause irreparable damage to human life and property. It is therefore important to have a crisis management plan in place so that the damage can be minimized when disaster strikes.
At HFE, we are deeply concerned about the safety and security of each of one of our fellow workers and have a well-defined Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to overcome any emergency. There are three root causes; natural calamities such as earthquake, floods, storm etc; accidents such as fire, building collapse, electrocution, power failure, machine failure or other engineering failures in the system; and finally, any manmade disaster which can’t be ignored in view of the current global scenario vis-a-vis bomb threats and terrorist attacks. At times, our natural surroundings could also create emergency situations, like snake or scorpion bite.
ERP aims to:
- Safeguard employees in case of an outbreak of fire / any other incident requiring an evacuation from the building
- Respond to any emergency immediately
- Save lives
- Minimize damages and loss of property
- Meet social and legal responsibilities
We have developed the following procedural framework onsite as well as at our offices to deal with emergencies:
- Emergency Response Team (ERT): Each of our offices as well as sites have an ERT with team members trained to deal with emergencies including fire-fighting and awareness training on earthquakes. Their name along with contact details are displayed on notice boards across all locations.
- Resource availability: We have the following resources to deal with emergencies:
- Firefighting installations
- Security Arrangements
- Emergency alarm system
- Safe assembly point
- First aid boxes
- Mock drills: We conduct mock drills at regular intervals to check our emergency preparedness. This includes mock drills in firefighting, road accidents and snake/scorpion bites.
In any emergency situation, the initial response is critical. Prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment. While the systems are in place, it is important that we act responsibly in times of a calamity and handle the situation with composure.
Keep calm and contact Satish. Chaturvedi@herofutureenergies.com. He heads Heath, Safety & Environment (HSE) department at HFE.