employees must recognize in the
event of contamination, such as cloudy
consistency or discoloration. Have a
water decontamination plan in place, in
addition to a backup water resource.
• Purposeful attacks – While purposeful
attacks to food processing plants or
attempts to contaminate food products
are rare (for example, by activists or
disgruntled employees), you must still
be prepared. Use the CARVER method to
help assess these threats.
The specifications of your EAP should
be based on problem areas uncovered
by initial analyses. Lead off your EAP by
addressing the most significant situation,
including a step-by-step plan to handle it.
Then, you can use that plan as a guide for
the remaining potential emergencies.
5 Key Elements of a
for your Food Plant
EAPs that meet minimum requirements
may include emergency information and
procedures, but still may not contain
enough detail to ensure the safest
response to dangerous situations. Your
goal in creating a comprehensive plan is
to eliminate all confusion and hesitancy in
emergency response. A non-comprehensive
plan — one lacking extensive instruction
or failing to address each emergency —
may add confusion to the situation.
While a comprehensive EAP will include
more than what is detailed below, you
should focus on five crucial elements for
every identified emergency:
1. Procedures for reporting the
emergency – Some facilities’ alarms
are designed to automatically notify local
emergency responders as soon as they
are triggered. However, if they do not,
designated personnel will have to do
so. Your EAP should list the appropriate
authorities for specific emergencies.
For example, a chemical leak requires a
trained HAZMAT team, which may not be
as easy to reach as the fire department.
Stellar’s team of experts includes HAZMAT-trained technicians. It’s a best practice for
every plant to have a team of personnel
trained for chemical releases, especially
if the plant is in a remote location and
emergency response may be delayed.
However, if you do not have a HAZMAT
team in-house, ensure contact information
for appropriate emergency responders is
readily available in your EAP. You do not
want your workers scrambling to find this
information during a dangerous situation.
Your EAP should also include an
explanation of your facility’s alarm system.
• The respective procedures to follow for
2. Designated emergency responders
– Without organized instruction coming
from one or two individuals, people tend
to panic in an emergency. Assign qualified
individuals — responsible higher-level
workers who are very familiar with
emergency procedures — to the following
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