Old Saybrook, CT – September 13, 2005 – In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation wrought in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region, a majority of health and safety professionals say that their current emergency planning leaves them unprepared for a natural disaster, according to an online poll conducted by Safety.BLR.com.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said "no" when posed the question "Are you prepared for a natural disaster?" Another 18 percent were unsure of their preparedness, leaving only 28 percent responding that their emergency planning was up to snuff. The poll was conducted September 6 to September 13 and had 307 participants.
"After the devastating tsunamis in Asia and the complete destruction caused by Katrina, every business has had a chance to realize that a firm’s survival is tied to having a viable emergency response plan," said Steve Quilliam, managing editor of Safety.BLR.com, a website from Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR). "Considering that such planning is also required under multiple environmental and OSHA regulations, these results are disappointing."
Safety.BLR.com's team of compliance editors recommends that at a minimum, facilities take the following steps:
Copies of all OSHA emergency response regulations as well as detailed compliance information are available at Safety.BLR.com. To help in the development of a disaster response plan, BLR is providing a free copy of its feature article "Emergencies: Readiness Makes a Difference" at the following link: http://www.blr.com/81001600/PRS45.
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for environmental, safety, HR, and compensation managers. For more information, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.