LMI is focused on ensuring our employees are safe at all of our locations. As part of National Safety Awareness Month, our emergency team would like to share lessons learned through implementing our programs.
LMI’s emergency team consists of fifty employee volunteers willing to be depended on during an emergency. All are floor wardens, meaning they are assigned a section of a specific floor to provide support in emergencies. Each volunteer is trained in first aid, CPR, and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on another person.
After each emergency drill, the team meets to discuss best practices, and evaluate what could have been done better or more efficiently, and improve the drill. The team notes a few valuable practices:
- Give every team member the tools needed to succeed. Originally, the team had primary floor wardens who had an emergency bag, while other volunteers acted as alternate floor wardens if the primaries were not in the office. However, it was confusing to track who was in the office and working on the floor at the time of an emergency. Now, every emergency team member has an emergency bag which contains items such as a first aid kit, hard hat, safety vest, whistle, flashlight with extra batteries, portable radio, garbage bags, and duct tape.
- Give every team member the same training. Getting trained in all the necessary skills adds up to many hours, so originally, some people were trained in each skill type. However, the team members were enthusiastic to receive all the training; this was a valuable, long-term investment and avoids the confusion of trying to track which colleagues were trained in what area. There is also a list of trained employees attached to each AED device.
- Assemble based on where you are, rather than by group. Every day, people move throughout the building, attending meetings and collaborating with other groups. In the case of an emergency, floor wardens are trained to scan a specific section of their floor, including rooms with a closed door. They are not responsible for finding group members who are somewhere else in the building. When people assemble outside, they congregate based on where they were last located in the building.
Emergency volunteers benefit from free training, held onsite for those in the Tysons office. The team walks through the evaluation plans, discussing procedures unique to different parts of the building.
LMI is grateful to the employees who volunteer to support emergency preparedness. The team attracts people who believe in serving the LMI community and are willing to step up in cases of emergency.
Their efforts support LMI’s business continuity needs, ensuring that projects and teams can continue after an emergency.