Are You Prepared for an Emergency by OSHA Standards?

Severe weather season is upon us, and employers should ensure that they are ready for whatever emergencies might come their way. Many employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to have an Emergency Action Plan in place to address hazard control and safe response in different types of emergencies. Employers should start by assessing the specific emergencies and hazards a particular worksite might face, taking into account particular worksite layouts, structural features, and emergency systems. Employers will typically want to address fire, tornado, and other severe weather hazards to start.

At a minimum, for businesses that are required to have an emergency action plan (EAP), the plan must include:

Once you have your plan in place, train all employees and new hires on the plan and procedures, and document the training.

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