The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Standard requires that you provide emergency action and fire prevention plans that identify emergency risks, designate personnel responsibilities for coordinating and executing emergency plans, ensure effective evacuations, train employees, and comply with the requirements of the OSHA standard.
Why “OSHA’s Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Standard” Matters:
No one expects an emergency situation to arise at work. Having a comprehensive emergency action plan could save employees’ lives and prevent the destruction of your workplace.
Workplace emergencies kill hundreds and injure thousands more workers each year, at a cost to employers of billions of dollars annually.
No matter what the emergency, you must be prepared so that your employees and your workplace can survive the emergency and so that you can continue in business in the aftermath of an emergency.
OSHA requires many employers to have written emergency action and fire
- Plans should be comprehensive and include all information necessary.
- You must review plans with employees.
- Your plans must include detailed procedures for evacuation and sheltering in place of all employees.
- Emergency drills are recommended to prepare employees and test the
effectiveness of emergency action and fire prevention plans.