This research is based on a questionnaire that surveyed businesses in Maine with regard to participants' knowledge of critical incident preparedness plans at their workplace. The design of this study was a questionnaire with one open ended question for qualitative data and statistical analysis of the remainder of the questions. The analysis used a correlational methodology comparing the relationship between the understanding of their company's plan and several variables (knowledge of the plan compared to gender, age, and time with company and history of exposure). All types of employers may be affected by workplace downsizing, violence, and terrorism. It is important to understand the human-related, negative consequences that can occur in the aftermath of a critical incident. Crisis Care Network and International Critical Incident Stress Foundation are two organizations that are available for critical incident training and preparation of critical incident plans. The results indicated that participating businesses are prepared for evacuation; however, none of the surveyed workplaces appeared to be prepared for the spectrum of critical incidents. A recommendation drawn from this research is to involve all employees, giving each a role in the preparedness plans of their workplace. This will enable each employee a greater understanding and a larger degree of participation during a critical incident. This study concludes that a majority of the participants indicated there was no plan at their workplace. Therefore there should be more focus on encouraging businesses to develop plans.According to Collins, lives were lost due to the inability of firefighters to communicate with police and other emergency workers. Another failure noted by the committee was a failure in leadership. The investigation determined that leadershipanbsp;...
|Title||:||An Exploration of Workplace Preparedness for the Spectrum of Criticalincidents: Business Preparedness for the Human Factor in a Variety of Emergencies|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|