All Hanover School Division schools and worksites have an Student (worker) and School Safety Manual that includes an Emergency Response Plan that identifies the resources required (including personnel and equipment) to respond to an emergency at the workplace.  Each worksite’s Emergency Response Plans includes the following information:

Emergency Preparedness Employee Awareness

It is important for all employees to be aware of the procedures to follow when an emergency occurs at a school or worksite.

The school division will ensure that all worksites have plans to deal with emergency situations which may arise. At a minimum, each worksite will have the capability to provide:

  1. First Aid facility and first aid treatment to an injured worker;
  2. Transportation to a medical facility;
  3. A means of contacting workers and outside agencies for assistance;
  4. A means of conducting an initial attack on a fire;
  5. Emergency preparedness drills;

The school or worksite supervisor will be responsible to plan and implement for any unusual hazards or tasks that employees may encounter. At a minimum, the site supervisor or school principal will ensure that all emergency preparedness information is readily available and that all staff are given a site orientation to ensure that they are aware of:

  1. The location of emergency equipment such as: first aid supplies; eye wash station; rescue equipment; and fire extinguishers;
  2. The location of a communication device and the contact numbers for contacting outside agencies for assistance;
  3. The location of MSDS sheets;
  4. Emergency phone numbers, Fire, Ambulance, Utilities;
  5. The escape route and muster point.

Employer/Employee Responsibilities


  1. Will develop written emergency procedures
  2. Will post emergency plans and make written procedures available to all workers and supervisors
  3. Will ensure that employees are trained in the appropriate procedures
  4. Will ensure that all jobsites have all appropriate emergency equipment readily available
  5. Will ensure that emergency equipment will be maintained in good condition
  6. Will investigate all emergencies
  7. Shall inform all appropriate governing agencies     


  1. Shall ensure that all workers have received instruction in the requirements of the emergency response plan, including the initial fire attack. This will be achieved through new employee orientation and safety talks.
  2. Shall have a first aid trained employee attend to any injured workers.
  3. Shall contact the appropriate emergency response agency and/or provide transportation for the injured or ill to the nearest medical facility.
  4. Shall contact management to inform them of the situation.
  5. Shall have someone go to the site access point and await the arrival of the emergency response personnel and direct them to the appropriate location.
  6. Shall monitor hazardous weather conditions.

All Workers

  1. Are required to participate in and follow emergency response procedures
  2. Must respond immediately to instructions from supervisors or foreman
  3. Must report any incident, accident, naturally occurring hazard immediately to the supervisor
  4. If unable to locate the supervisor/foreman, workers must have available a communications device to contact the appropriate emergency response agency (police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Using Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

  1. Immediately notify all other personnel of the fire danger. Ensure that a fellow worker stays in communication with you and warns approaching personnel of the danger.
  2. Never turn your back to the fire and make sure that you have a retreat route should the fire suddenly get out of hand.
  3. Have a fellow worker get someone to call for emergency personnel at this time or any time you feel the situation warrants it. Have a responsible worker direct the emergency equipment to the scene.
  4. Quickly analyze the type of fire and ensure that you have the correct fire extinguisher for the fire.
  5. If it is an electrical fire, attempt to terminate the power by disconnecting the main breaker or informing the appropriate party.
  6. Locate and remove the fire extinguisher and grasp it securely. Carry the extinguisher in an upright position to the fire. Be aware of the walking area, obstacles and surface condition.
  7. Pull the pin and hold the hose or horn in one hand. Maintain control of the extinguisher and avoid exposing the contents of the extinguisher to fellow workers.
  8. Use of the extinguisher:
    1. Spray the contents of the extinguisher at the base of the fire using a rapid sweeping motion
    2. Maintain a safe and effective distance from the fire
    3. Move away when the extinguisher empties. Never turn your back on the fire.
    4. Make sure that you have a retreat route should the fire suddenly get out of hand.
  9. Promptly report the use of the extinguisher to the supervisor
  10. Tag the extinguisher out of service and have it sent for re-charging.


Please note that each HSD facility will have on site safety binder that includes Emergency Response Plans for that facility.