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Workplace fire safety: What’s your plan?


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If a fire broke out at your workplace, would workers know what to do? Do they know what procedures to follow?

OSHA has advice for creating a workplace fire safety plan:

  • Describe the escape routes workers will use. If you have employees with a disability, clearly state the procedures to follow so they can evacuate safely.
  • Address how employees who stay behind to shut down critical equipment will evacuate.
  • Explain the preferred methods for alerting employees of a fire emergency.
  • Ensure workers receive emergency training.
  • Provide for an employee alarm system throughout the workplace.
  • Require employer review of the plan with new employees, as well as with all employees when the plan changes.

Want more tips on designing and implementing fire drills? check out Workplace fire drills: Regular practice keeps workers prepared for emergencies.

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