Emergency preparedness and response plans are critical components of an environmental management system (EMS), partly because directors and officers could be liable for any negative environmental impact or effects arising from the organization's activities, products, or services.
Provincial governments require that businesses that operate during a lockdown put a written safety plan in place. In Ontario, the government has launched a health and safety education campaign that focuses on helping businesses reopen safely.
January 1, 2012, is the date to complete all actions required under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and emergency preparedness requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Standards. The good news is, if your organization is obligated to report, you do not have to file with the government until December 31, 2012.