Disasters strike when they are least expected. Preparing for these events includes developing business continuity/continuity of operations plans to guide the organization’s actions so that business can continue.
Although occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals provide vital services to their organization during an emergency, they may not be directly involved in preparing their organization or own department for the disaster.
Learn why OEHS involvement in continuity planning is critical to organizational success and receive guidance on how to participate effectively.
This webinar will discuss the elements of continuity plans, why they are key to an organization’s success, who is typically involved in the planning process, how OEHS professionals can support their organization in the planning process, and how the OEHS department can better prepare itself.
The new AIHA University Framework: Role of the OEHS Professional in Continuity Planning will be discussed and additional free resources will be shared to support your work (e.g., FEMA documents, NFPA Standards, etc.).
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Describe the reasons organizations develop business continuity/continuity of operations plans
- Anticipate how OEHS professionals can support their organizations during the preparedness (planning) phase of an emergency
- Communicate the need for OEHS involvement in the continuity planning process to your organization
- Participate in organizational planning and preparedness efforts
- Apply the elements of a continuity plan to develop site-specific plans for OEHS departments
- Locate and use publicly available reference materials
- Recognize the value and limitations of continuity planning
Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP
Laura Hartline Weems, CIH, CSP, CHMM