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Foreseeable Emergency

Definition - What does Foreseeable Emergency mean?

A foreseeable emergency is an OSHA originated term. The phrase is used several times in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). The phrase appears within the definition of employee. Foreseeable emergency refers to '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

It is vital that all employees who have hazardous chemicals on site are aware how OSHA's use of the phrase foreseeable emergency is used and how it relates to their emergency planning and employee training. Employers must have a program in place to provide full information to employees about the dangers of any chemicals that are used. They must also consider worst case scenarios, planning for the protection of their employees.

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