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Survey: Most employees not prepared for emergency

October 18, 2012 by Jim Giuliano
Posted in: communication, Facility Management, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Safety


Do your employees know the best course of action if someone displays symptoms of a heart attack? How about if there’s a fire?

A recent survey of small business managers and office workers, commissioned by Staples.com, found that almost 70% of managers knew their companies’ emergency plans, but nearly half of office workers either weren’t sure, or said their company didn’t have plans.

No wonder, when you consider that half of the workers also said they take part in safety drills only once every few years or never.

Other findings:

  • Only 19% of workers think their company is prepared for a major medical emergency.
  • Managers were 50% more likely to know where their companies’ safety-related supplies were.
  • 70% of managers and workers felt their companies were either somewhat or very prepared for fire emergencies.
  • Only 23% of office workers said they’d know what to do in case of hazardous material exposure, versus 56% of managers.
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