Do You Know Your Emergency Safety Action Plan?
Friday, November 16, 2012
You have seen these signs probably since grade school, but did you know they are a part of an emergency action plan?
may not know that Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental
Committee (OSHA) requires an Emergency Action Plan. Listed below are its
Application. An employer must have an emergency action plan
whenever an OSHA standard in this part requires one. The requirements in
this section apply to each such emergency action plan.
Written and oral emergency action plans. An emergency action
plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace, and available to
employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees
may communicate the plan orally to employees.
Minimum elements of an emergency
action plan. An emergency action plan must include at a minimum:
1910.38(c)(1) Procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency;
1910.38(c)(2) Procedures for emergency evacuation, including type of
evacuation and exit route assignments; 1910.38(c)(3) Procedures to be
followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations
before they evacuate; 1910.38(c)(4) Procedures to account for all
employees after evacuation; 1910.38(c)(5) Procedures to be followed by
employees performing rescue or medical duties; and 1910.38(c)(6) The
name or job title of every employee who may be contacted by employees
who need more information about the plan or an explanation of their
duties under the plan.
Employee alarm system. An employer must have and maintain an
employee alarm system. The employee alarm system must use a distinctive
signal for each purpose and comply with the requirements in § 1910.165.
Training. An employer must designate and train employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees.
Review of emergency action plan. An employer must review the
emergency action plan with each employee covered by the plan:
1910.38(f)(1) When the plan is developed or the employee is assigned
initially to a job; 1910.38(f)(2) When the employee's responsibilities
under the plan change; 1910.38(f)(3) and When the plan is changed.
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