OH&S magazine: 5 ways to bring your emergency communications up to speed
May 28, 2013
Author: Joanne Pekich
Source: Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
Today's advanced communications systems provide considerably more automation and control than in the past.
Sometimes safety measures fail, even in the most careful workplaces. People get injured and even killed, hazardous materials spill or leak. Events that are out of your control strike your site -- tornadoes, flooding, wildfires. Too often, people become violent at work. In 2011, 458 workplace homicides claimed victims who included 60 back-office management professionals, which is not a vocation that is traditionally thought of as high risk.
In a shooter situation, people may have 10 seconds to take shelter behind locked doors. When faced with a tornado warning, people have on average a little more than 10 minutes to move to safety. When an incident occurs, fast, effective emergency communications can make the difference between a relatively contained event and a major catastrophe that includes multiple injuries or loss of life, destruction of assets, and a public relations disaster.
Emergency communications technology has taken a leap forward during the past five years. Today's advanced communications systems provide considerably more automation and control than in the past. If you haven't upgraded your systems in a few years, here are five modern communications capabilities that can help you respond significantly more rapidly and effectively in an emergency.
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