OHSAS 18001 - (Section 4.4 - Implementation and Operation)

4.4.7. Emergency Preparedness and Response

Section 4.4.7.1. Written procedure

Is there a written procedure dealing with emergency preparedness and response?


Guidance: Organisationsmust have in place arrangements for identifying the requirements for emergency responses and for planning and testing required emergency responses. These arrangements should be recorded in a written procedure. This question tests whether there is such a procedure, its adequacy is tested by the other questions in this section.

Verification guidance: This question is a document check. Give a "Yes" answer if there is a document which purports to be the organisation's procedure on emergency preparedness and response. The adequacy of this document is tested by the remainder of the questions in this section.


Question 4.4.7.1.1

Is the identification requirements for an emergency response dealt with adequately in the written procedure on emergency preparedness and response?


Guidance: If organisations have not identified all foreseeable requirements for an emergency response then they will not have had the opportunity to plan their responses. Details of how requirements for an emergency response will be identified should be included in the written procedure on emergency preparedness and response.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if the identification of requirements for an emergency response is not dealt with in the written procedure on emergency preparedness and response, OR the statement is inadequate in any way.


Section 4.4.7.2 Emergency Preparedness and Response – Implementation

Is an up to date copy of the written procedure on emergency preparedness and response available at the location?


Guidance: Organisationsmust have in place arrangements for identifying the requirements for emergency responses and for planning and testing required emergency responses. These arrangements should be recorded in a written procedure and a copy of the procedure made available at every relevant location.

Answer "No" to this question if there is no copy of the hazard emergency preparedness and response procedure at the location, OR the copy available is out of date.


Question 4.4.7.2.1

Is the location complying with all of the requirements of the written procedure on emergency preparedness and response?


Guidance: The location must comply fully with all of the requirements of the emergency preparedness and response procedure.

Verification guidance: Answer "No" to this question if there is credible evidence that the location is not complying with one or more of the requirements of the written emergency preparedness and response procedure. Note. It will normally only be possible to answer this question after completing the second part of this evaluation.