Workplace Preparedness

BEFORE THE EMERGENCY

Prepare for Emergency Evacuations

  • Locate your primary and secondary exits.
  • Locate your Assembly and Rescue Assistance Areas.
  • Keep halls and emergency exits clear of boxes/other items.
  • Report hazardous conditions.
  • Know who your Facility, Floor and/or Area Warden(s) are.
  • Identify people in your area who may require assistance in an evacuation.
  • Know your emergency phone numbers.

Prevent Fires

  • Avoid the "electrical octopus" (too many plugs in a multi-plug outlet).
  • Do not run cords under carpeting.
  • Replace broken or frayed cords.
  • Maintain appliances (no toasters/toaster ovens).
  • Do not allow trash and boxes to accumulate, especially near heating elements and electrical equipment.
  • Store flammable liquids and other combustible materials in approved containers.

For electrical safety concerns, contact the Facilities Management Trouble Call Desk at (310) 825-9236, and notify your Facility Warden.

Prepare for Shelter-In-Place (SIP)

  • Know where your Shelter-in-Place area(s) are.
  • Be prepared to perform shelter-in-place tasks if pre-designated to do so by your Floor/Area Warden.

Prepare for Earthquakes

  • Determine the safest place to take cover.
  • Assess personal work areas as follows:
    • Window glass: If your workstation is near a window or glass partition, decide where you will take cover to avoid being injured by flying glass.
    • Heavy objects: Anchor heavy objects (e.g., tall filing cabinets/shelves) to the wall. (Note: Furnishings over 5 feet 9 inches must be anchored; for healthcare facilities, furnishings over 4 feet must be anchored).
    • Loose objects: If you have materials stored on top of cabinets or shelves, determine if these items should be secured or moved to lower shelves.

        NOTE: Remember, most injuries sustained in an earthquake are caused by flying, loose objects.