Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction
Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Integrated safety, health and environmental management: An introduction

5.7 Emergency planning – the process

Usually, when emergency plans are prepared the hazards already exist, and may have been there for some time. The liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stores in the middle of many cities are a classic example. They ‘grew’ in the former coal yards adjacent to railways. Their presence may be accepted, whereas a new development with similar hazard potential might give rise to objections.

In the preparation of plans, the phenomenon known as ‘agenda setting’ must be taken into account. This is where the planning process suddenly makes people aware of a hazard that they previously were not concerned about. If conducted with an air of secrecy, emergency planning can be perceived as evidence that a special problem exists, rather than reassurance that effective safety precautions are being taken. If the public once gets the impression that things are being kept from them, be prepared for the following reactions:

  • NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard!

  • BANANA – Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone!

  • LULU – Locally Unacceptable Land Use!

In many ways, good emergency planning is little more than the logical application of common sense, albeit in a more formal way and on a larger scale. There is more than one way to approach the planning process, but it is usually easier to manage if it is broken down into a number of steps or stages.

T835_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus