Foreseeable Emergency

Last Updated: March 6, 2019

Definition - What does Foreseeable Emergency mean?

A foreseeable emergency is a term coined by OSHA and used several times in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

OSHA defines a foreseeable emergency as "any potential occurrence such as, but not limited to, equipment failure, rupture of containers, or failures of control equipment which could result in an uncontrolled release of a hazardous chemical into the workplace."

Safeopedia explains Foreseeable Emergency

Although foreseeable emergencies are impossible to entirely predict, they are the types of events that employers who have chemicals on-site need to be ready to handle. They must also have measures in place to prevent them from occurring.

Employers must also ensure that workers understand the risks related to these emergencies and the safety procedures related to them. Training and emergency drills are also standard.

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