Emergency Preparedness

Evacuation Planning Matrix

Evacuation Planning Matrix - Appendix B

Evacuation Planning Matrix Checklist Resources

The following is a list of the on-line resources identified throughout the Evacuation Planning Matrix. It is not an exhaustive list of the on-line resources available.

On-Line Resources

Building Protection and Shelter-in-Place Resources

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) publication, Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Attacks, provides information about physical security and design options for protecting building intakes.

The U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) Homeland Defense webpage, Basic Information on Building Protection, provides information about protecting building ventilation systems.

The National Institute for Chemical Studies document, Shelter In Place at Your Office [PDF*], provides guidance for developing a sheltering plan.

Emergency Planning Resources

OSHA's Emergency Action Plan Standard (29 CFR 1910.38)

OSHA's Evacuation Plans and Procedures e-Tool assists employers develop and implement an Emergency Action Plan.

OSHA's Small Business Training Handbook, Emergency Preparedness Chapter identifies and explains the elements of an emergency action plan and other important emergency planning topics for small businesses. It includes training resources.

Oregon OSHA's publication Expecting the Unexpected: What to consider in planning for workplace emergencies [PDF*] is an effective workplace emergency planning guide.

The Canadian Center for Occupational Safety and Health webpage on Emergency Planning provides general planning information and additional resources.

The Office for Domestic Preparedness Clearinghouse (The Department of Justice) offers written resources for planning and preparedness.

The Job Accommodation Network's publication Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Employees with Disabilities provides planning information and resources on emergency procedures for employees with disabilities.

Hazard Communication Resources

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) identifies regulatory requirements for evaluating and communicating the hazards associated with chemicals and their use in the workplace. It includes information and training requirements for employees that may be exposed to chemicals in the workplace.

The Hazard Communication Directive and Hazard Communication Technical Links webpage provide additional guidance and links to other on-line resources.

Other On-line Resources

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Department of Homeland Security Website

OSHA's Recommendations for Handling Mail, which is geared toward reducing the potential for anthrax spore contamination through the mail, but it provides useful general mail handling guidelines and additional resources.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) poster [PDF*] highlights suspicious package characteristics.

Pennsylvania's Homeland Security webpage contains a list of suspicious activities, individuals, and devices.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's website provides employer resources for addressing ADA requirements in private workplaces, including Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accomodations.

Emergency Alarm System Resources

OSHA's standard on Employee Alarm Systems (29 CFR 1910.165) provides regulatory requirements for employee alarm systems.

An OSHA Interpretive Letter about Employee Alarm Systems discusses alarm system requirements and employee training related to alarm systems.

An OSHA Interpretive Letter clarifying regulatory requirements for employee alarm systems.

Emergency Response Resources

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (29 CFR 1910.120(q)).

OSHA's Emergency Response Technical Links webpage.

Appendix D, Section II. E of CPL 2-2.59A, OSHA's compliance directive for HAZWOPER paragraph (q) provides more information about training requirements.

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

OSHA's standards for Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910 Subpart I) identify the general and equipment-specific regulatory requirements for personal protective equipment. Includes: General PPE Requirements (29 CFR 1910.132), Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1910.133), Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), Head Protection (29 CFR 1910.135), Foot Protection (29 CFR 1910.136), and Hand Protection (29 CFR 1910.138).

OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment Technical Links webpage provides links to resources that discuss PPE selection, use, regulatory compliance, and employee training.

OSHA's HAZWOPER (29 CFR 1910.120) standard has information about personal protective equipment within the standard and in Appendix B.

The Respiratory Protection Technical Links webpage and Respiratory Protection e-Tool provide additional information on selecting and using respiratory protection.

State and Local Response Organization Resources

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) database of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) provides contact information for each LEPC.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management webpage provides state-by-state contacts, websites, and emergency planning information and resources.

Workplace Risk Assessment Resources

The State of South Carolina's Best Practices Workplace Security or (for chemical facilities)

The National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Chemical Facility Vulnerability Assessment Methodology

The American Chemical Council's (ACC) publications New Prioritization Tool for Chemical Facility Security [DOC*] and Guide to Site Security in the US Chemical Industry provide guidance on safety and security for chemical facilities.

EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention: Site Security [PDF*] provides similar information.

American Institute of Chemical Engineer's (AICHE) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) webpage Security Vulnerability Analysis provides directions for obtaining "Guidelines for Analyzing and Managing the Security Vulnerabilities at Fixed Chemical Sites."