“In Case of Emergency”
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An Overview of ICE
What is ICE?
• ICE stands for In Case of Emergency.
 The idea of ICE gained widespread recognition the same time as the 2005 London
terrorist bombings. ICE is meant to simplify rapid access to an ill or injured person’s
emergency contacts and critical medical information.
 ICE contact information is easily stored in a cell phone, PDA, or similar electronic
devices. ICE Contact, Medical or Health Proxy Cards are also available to be kept in a
wallet, purse or secured on work or recreational helmets and equipment.
• By providing ICE contact information, public safety and medical providers will have
access to critical patient information such as allergies and medications and can help
obtain faster consent for certain emergency medical procedures.
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6 Principles of ICE
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ICE Around the World
Many companies, organizations, and public service
groups across the world have adopted the use of this
life safety emergency program.
 Internationally, the United Nations in 2008 promulgated an international
non-language based standard for ICE referred to as E.123
• Using E.123 methodology, you
can list your contact folder as
01Emergency, 02Emergency,
03Health Care Proxy,
04Employer, 05Doctor
•This practice is easily adapted
to the language of the country
you reside, travel or are using a
particular electronic device.
• Confusing names
on folder labels may
not be recognized as
emergency contacts
and ignored – names
inside folders are ok.
• Keep it Simple!
• Alphabetical Ranking
such as AA, AB, and AC
to give priority to
important emergency
contacts can be used in
lieu of number ranking.
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ICE in the Workplace
ICE4SAFETY and the Federal Safety
Agency OSHA, along with a number of
Public Safety, Education, Business and
Insurance Industry Groups have agreed to
participate in an Alliance Program to
introduce ICE into workplace safety as a
component of Emergency Action
Planning for General Industry and
Construction as defined by 29 CFR
1910.38(a) and 29 CFR 1926.35
Utilizing ICE for Emergency Drills and
HAZWOPER will also be addressed as a
part of this Alliance.
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What is the Alliance Program?
In 2002, OSHA created the Alliance Program.
This cooperative program enables organizations committed to safety
and health to work with OSHA to prevent injuries, illnesses and
fatalities in the workplace.
OSHA and Alliance participants work together to reach out to,
educate, and lead the nation's employers and their employees in
advancing workplace safety and health.
Groups that can form an Alliance with OSHA include employers,
labor unions, trade or professional groups, government agencies,
and educational institutions.
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Who’s a part of the Alliance?
Soaring Eagle Safety
Consultants, Inc.
Insurance Services
ICE in the Workplace
OSHA’s Emergency Action Plan now requires Exit Routes,
Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention Plans and currently
recommends that emergency contact and medical information be
available in case of an emergency for all employees.
ICE is targeted to become part of the General Industry and
Construction Safety Training curriculum and as a part of OSHA’s
website e-tools to enhance the effectiveness of currently existing
training and support documentation available from the agency.
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The Benefits of ICE
Recognizing the countless variables and dangers that vary from
jobsite to jobsite, employers are now requiring their employees to
have ICE information with them at all times. No industry is immune
to risk, any company or individual can benefit from using ICE.
Industries now using ICE have included
 Landscapers
 Concrete contractors
 Mechanical contractors
 Automotive shops
 Military contractors
 Road building contractors
 Electrical contractors
 Utility companies
 Roofers/carpenters
 Insulators
 Non profit organizations
 Manufacturers
 Government agencies and CERT groups
 Home builders
 Public service workers
 Social service/healthcare workers
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Universal ICE
 ICE has evolved quickly to
represent situational
awareness and emergency
planning. The universal ICE
symbol was designed by safety
professionals for ease of
recognition in an emergency
and the ability of anyone to
adapt for most any situation.
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Want to improve your
emergency preparedness program
at your worksite?
What can you do?
 Use your ICE symbol to mark safety
notice boards, doors, vehicles and
anywhere emergency information,
equipment or service might be available.
Use in conjunction with ICE Emergency
Medical Info Forms for added information
on employees.
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More That You Can Do…
 The ICE symbol can be
used on construction sites
to designate the Job Site
Emergency Action Plan.
 Require your employees to
Information ICE Cards can include:
Date of Birth
Different Emergency Contacts and their
pertinent information
Employer Name
Special needs like Language Translation
fill out and carry an ICE
Card in addition to adding
ICE Contacts to their mobile
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In a factory setting, the ICE
image can be used to identify
& consolidate many different
safety and health
related notices into prescribed
areas and help reduce the
number of safety signs in
Jobsite safety orientation for
employees, visitors, temps and
subcontractors can be
enhanced by adoption of ICE
to designate safety
procedures, info and
emergency equipment. Using
ICE can reduce the time
required to do this.
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Emergency Info Forms can be
completed/dated and carried upon
your person.
Jobsite safety orientation for
employees, visitors, temps and
subcontractors can be enhanced by
adoption of ICE to designate safety
procedures, info and emergency
equipment. Using ICE can reduce
the time required to do this.
Outfit Hard Hats with ICE Stickers
and Cards to ensure quick access
to emergency info on jobsites.
Redundancy using ICE can be a
key component of an effective
emergency preparedness plan.
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Setting up ICE
Step One
Add a new contact or group to your
phone book.
Example: “AAEmergency” or
– Using ITU’s non-language
method, contacts would appear
as “01SUSAN” or “01ROBERT”
– they will appear first on your
contact list.
– Next, put an ICE sticker on
your phone or upload the ICE
graphic as your phone display,
or both!
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Setting up ICE
Step Two
 Provide your ICE contacts with a list of medical
instructions such as allergies, current and past medical
 Notify the individuals you’ve listed as ICE contacts
 Keep Contact and Medical Info Current
 Update your ICE contacts to any changes in your medical
 You can complete various medical information cards and
documents for free by visiting
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Setting up ICE
Spread the word!
Urge your family, friends and co-workers to store ICE
in their phones and keep ICE Cards with them.
This action literally takes just a few minutes but
can help save your life.
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ICE “In Case of Emergency”