RUNNING HEADING: SAFETY FIRST CORPORTATE CULTURE
Safety First Corporate Culture
Columbia Southern University
Alexia Mingo Simmons
Emergency evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard. In a business or place of work it can be defined as an unforeseen situation that threatens people (employees, clients and public) it disrupts the business operations CITATION Jon91 l 1033 (Jones, 1991). It may also causes physical or environmental damages. They can be natural or manmade caused. The hazard can be fires, chemical spills, tornadoes, hurricanes, explosions among others. When a leader is making an emergency evacuation he should do that basing on the ethics of the job and the culture of the people this will help in making for the environment and development of a safety corporate culture CITATION Mas04 l 1033 (Mason, 2004). This paper focuses on the importance of emergency evacuation based on the ethical decision making for the environment and the development of a safety corporate culture.
Ethics plays a significant role to ensure the culture and respect of human rights is upheld by the employer. It for instance makes sure that the needs and rights of the employers are included during drafting the company employee’s rules. Emergency evacuation helps to make ensure the safety of the staff by avoiding injuries and damages by making environment healthy and free to work CITATION Kon90 l 1033 (Kono, 1990). With that it helps to a culture of safety for the people in the company. When setting up an emergency evacuation plan the leader or the person in charge is advisable to have a method for reporting the incident, it must have the evacuation policies and procedures and it should have escape procedure and route assignments. This will help the company to advocate for the culture of safety first.
Emergency evacuation plan should have an alert system that can use to make immediate and urgent awareness to all the people in the work place. The alarm should be distinct and able to be recognized by all the staff as a sign for evacuation. The communication systems for evacuation can include public address system, portable radio unit among other devices preferred by the firm.in developing policies and procedures of evacuation it is essential to consider conditions, under which evacuation is necessary, a well-defined chain of command of the people who will be given the task of coordinating the process CITATION Che97 l 1033 (Chen, 1997). Based on ethics the procedures should be able to outline how the disabled and people who do not the language spoken by the most employee will be helped during that time. This enhances the development of a safety and an occupational healthy environment.
During evacuation, the system for accounting of each person is developed he company by considering the staff’s needs for transportation community wide range evacuations. Also during the process the specific routes and exits to be used are clearly and publicly poste d to help the members to avoid confusions. In the case of a fire, an immediate evacuation to another area that was initially determined away from the facility is the best method to protect employees and ensuring their safety CITATION Hal98 l 1033 (Hale, 1998). While evacuating the staff is not the best response to an emergency such as a toxic gas release at a facility across town from your business. Making and executing the right evacuation plans for the different hazards is an important way to ensure the company embraces the culture of safety first and protection of the people.
Emergency evacuation helps in making the decision of choosing the strategic location for the business and development of a healthy working environment. Most buildings are vulnerable to the natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods. The type of construction used in the building plays a big role in determining the extent of damage made. Therefore, the management should select building that will reduce vulnerability to ensure it develops the culture and ethics of safety for workers.
Employers’ should ensure they factor in the ethics of the employees in a professional to ensure they provide healthy environment with no risks. To develop safety first culture in the firm, emergency evacuation plays a big role by ensuring the staff is protected from damages and injuries. Understanding conversation ethics and civility helps employees to increase the effectiveness of my interpersonal communication skills. This is mainly through assisting their identity during a situation which involves politeness, considerate or understanding. Emergency evacuation helps to develop message by relying on their personal understanding of what is right and how they can say something based upon their understanding of what is appropriate and how to say something without offending, hurting or breaking up personal relationships with other people. This has enables the employees to restate their intent even after offending a person.
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