One-third of workers do not feel prepared for an emergency, study shows

Poll shows disconnect between employee and employer perceptions

Posted October 4, 2016

A recent study reveals a disconnect between workers’ perceptions and those of their employers on emergency preparedness training.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC) poll, 34 percent of workers in the United States do not feel well trained in emergency practices, including evacuation. Seventy-five percent of managers and supervisors say their employees are well trained to handle an emergency.

In light of the findings, NSC is encouraging all employers to review emergency processes and procedures, particularly as Emergency Preparedness Month draws to a close.

The Council found workers in some industries feel better prepared for an emergency than others. Eighty-three percent of employees who work in public transportation feel they are equipped to handle an emergency, while only 51 percent of food service workers believe they are prepared.

To better prepare workers for emergencies, NSC recommends employers:

  • Conduct regular fire and tornado drills.
  • Provide workplace violence education and training, including how to handle an active shooter situation.
  • Communicate impending risks, including inclement weather.
  • Offer first aid and CPR training to employees.
  • Understand how well trained employees believe they are by conducting regular employee perception surveys.

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