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Workplace Emergency and Crisis Preparation Checklist

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has developed a checklist for employers  with suggestions on how to increase workplace safety and security during a time of crisis. Although this is not a one-size-fits-all checklist, these tips provide guidance for preparing a safe and secure working environment. In addition to communicating to your employees that their safety and security is a top priority employers should consider:

  • Reassuring employees that safety measures are being taken for their protection;
  • Reporting unusual or suspicious activity or strangers in or near facility areas to the authorities by calling 911 if the situation warrants immediate attention;
  • Urging employees and their families to be aware of their surroundings;
  • Moving outdoor activities indoors;
  • Increasing security and surveillance activities and outdoor lighting, and checking IDs of those entering the building;
  • Updating and reviewing with employees the company Emergency Response Plan (this should be done on a regular basis); update response action and ensure that all current local, state and federal emergency service numbers, as well as updated employee emergency contact information, is readily available;
  • Upgrading the in-house emergency services (EMS) capability to 40-hour First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician-B;
  • Engaging an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) to council employees and their families on any stress, anxiety, fear and/or depression;
  • Sharing your Emergency Response Plan with local businesses, the fire and police departments, and municipalities to help coordinate incident relief efforts should one occur;
  • During an event, communicating with employees about current events (i.e., have round-the-clock TV and/or radio news available for them to watch or listen to on breaks); and,
  • To cooperate fully with the authorities.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the largest safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety health and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information go to