New chapter – Emergency Management

The first edition of the OHS BoK (2012) included a chapter on emergency preparedness. Since this time we have learned a lot about managing emergencies and issues that can arise through poor communication, lack of coordination and interoperability.

While acknowledging that emergency management is a specialist area the chapter explores the knowledge required by generalist OHS professionals to assist organisations in identifying the type and magnitude of emergencies they may face, and to develop an emergency plan, structure and processes for responding to such situations.

Most OHS professionals will be familiar with the Australian Standards on emergency preparedness but this chapter takes a more strategic approach by emphasising the importance of interoperability and a shared understanding between the organisation and the responding emergency service(s) that encompasses prioritised objectives, strategies and tactics for managing an emergency.


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