Emergency Planning

Objectives of emergency plans

  • containing and controlling incidents so as to minimise the effects, and to limit damage to persons, the environment and property
  • implementing the measures necessary to protect persons and the environment from the effects of major accidents
  • communicating the necessary information to the public and to the services or authorities concerned in the area
  • providing for the restoration and clean-up of the environment following a major accident

There are 2 types of emergency plan:

Internal Emergency Plan

External Emergency Plan

For Upper-tier establishments, there is also a requirement to provide information to the public on what to do in an emergency.

Testing and review of Emergency Plans

Emergency plans must be:

  • reviewed and, where necessary, revised and updated, and
  • tested

as often as the circumstances require, but at least every 3 years.