Business Continuity Checklist

Use this framework to audit your business against continuity risks.  When a business is disrupted, it can cost a lot of money. Lost revenues and extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and does not replace customers that move to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. 
How often should this be used?
An annual audit help reduce risks.
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Business Continuity

Building Facilities

There are evacuation procedures for your buildings.
Fire exits are clearly marked.
Fire procedures are in place.
Fire drills are regularly practiced.
There are primary and secondary evacuation points at a suitable distance away from the building(s).
There is a site plan of your building(s).
Generator backup systems is in place.
There is an alternative building to use in an emergency.
Check of the heating and air conditioning is performed regularly.
You and your staff are familiar with the location of the mains switches and valves (electricity, gas, water).
Day inspections are carried out.
There are procedures in place to make sure that all appliances are switched off and doors and windows are locked at the end of the working day.
Check for the integrity of external fences and doors is regularly performed.


Are your IT systems critical to the running of your business?
There are manual processes that could maintain critical documentary/administrative functions in case IT systems went down.
Do you know how long it would take to recover IT functions if your system went down?
Who would restore your system if it went down and do you have their contact details?
There is a tested IT disaster recovery plan in place.
Your computer anti-virus software is up to date.
Documented IT security policies and procedures are in place.
All computer users are fully aware of email and internet usage policies.
Vital computer information is stored on back up disks held off premises.

Company Equipment

There is someone accountable for the assets of your company.
There is an inventory and is it regularly checked.
You have controls over the movements of your company equipment.


There is sufficient insurance to pay for disruption to business, cost of repairs, etc.
You have your insurance company’s details in order to contact them immediately at the time of an incident.
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