Emergency Plan

Officers must ensure that the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking has adequate emergency plans for all of its worksites.

Emergency Plans under the WHS Regulations 2012

South Australia’s Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (Section 43) require an emergency plan to be prepared for the workplace in accordance with Australian Standard 3745 Planning for emergencies in facilities and Australian Standard 4083 Health care facilities to document the emergency arrangements and detail preparedness, prevention and response activities.  It also includes emergency roles, responsibilities, strategies, systems and arrangements.

It is the responsibility of the person conducting a business or undertaking to ensure that the business has adequate emergency plans for all of its worksites. 

An emergency plan is a written set of instructions and procedures that apply in the event of an emergency to document how a workplace and its occupants deal with or manages an emergency.

The level of detail in the emergency plan will depend on the complexity of the activities at the workplace and how much and what types of hazardous materials are stored or used at the site.

Beckmann & Associates can assist your organisation meet its primary duty of care in implementing an emergency plan and address the following for your business:

  • How to respond effectively to an emergency
  • How to evacuate in an emergency
  • How to notify emergency services
  • How to provide medical treatment and assistance
  • Emergency Control Organisation and duties
  • Effective communication methods between wardens and workers during an emergency
  • Building, equipment and job design
  • Building construction, materials
  • Evacuation diagrams
  • PEEPS (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans)
  • Storage of materials
  • Building and equipment use
  • Disposal of materials
  • Consultation with stakeholders
  • Providing information (e.g. how to respond to an emergency)

Typical emergencies to plan for include:

  • Fire -external fire
  • Explosion
  • Security - armed intrusion, terrorism
  • Bomb threat
  • Vandalism
  • Medical
  • Electrical outage
  • Mechanical or process failure
  • Natural events - storms, cyclones, earthquake and floods
  • Hazardous materials releases - Gas, Chemical, biological and radiological
  • Structural failure
  • Impact event- road vehicle, railway, aircraft etc.

If your business shares a workspace with other business a master Emergency Plan covering the entire workspace would be implemented in this instance.

The Work Health and Safety Regulations impose a strict liability duty on the person conducting a business or undertaking to comply with the duty to implement an Emergency Plan. Penalities apply


Beckmann & Associates offer an Emergency Planning Package that incorporates the following services at a discounted rate:

  • First Aid Compliance and Provisions

  • Evacuation Diagrams

  • Emergency Plan

  • Emergency Response - quick reference guide flip chart.

Make an inquiry today at info@beckmann.net.au or call 08 8292 5300 to talk to a Consultant.