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BEGUNTO-NUGW
Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Risk management/Disaster preparation
You don't have to be a pessimist to think that Tokyo fits pretty closely the definition of "a disaster waiting to happen". Most responsible corporate citizens are aware of this fact, and take steps to ensure that their employees get regular training in emergency procedures. Berlitz, too, has developed (at the union's request) a manual on Risk Management, which should be posted in the LC. If you haven't seen it, please ask your IS or LCM. There are many good recommendations in this manual, including things that the union has been asking for all year, such as regular fire drills, and training to make sure all staff know how to get out of the building,etc.

The only problem, though, is that no one seems to have given any thought to implementation. If we are to prepare for a disaster that could happen at the workplace during working hours, then it makes sense that the preparation should also happen at the workplace, during working hours. The union is demanding paid methods for all staff to participate in drills and familiarize themselves with emergency procedures. Management has yet to come up with a concrete plan, but, in the meantime, all members are urged to bring this up with local management at their next staff meeting. As the manual itself warns, there is not much point reading it for the first time during a quake.

Posted by begunto at 8:12 PM JST
Updated: Friday, 26 November 2004 8:25 AM JST
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Thursday, 30 December 2004 - 2:33 AM JST

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If we don't force the issue on Fire safety, some of us might end up on the news, like the unfortunate employees at Don Quiote Discount store!

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