How to comply with Fire Safety Plan OSHA standard
Know the standard. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Fire Safety Plan standard is found at 1915.502.
General – Below is a description of the main elements which are needed in your company’s plan.
- Employer responsibilities. The employer must develop and implement a written fire safety plan that covers all the actions that employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety in the event of a fire.
- Plan elements. The employer must include the following information in the fire safety plan:
- Identification of the significant fire hazards;
- Procedures for recognizing and reporting unsafe conditions;
- Alarm procedures;
- Procedures for notifying employees of a fire emergency;
- Procedures for notifying fire response organizations of a fire emergency;
- Procedures for evacuation;
- Procedures to account for all employees after an evacuation; and
- Names, job titles, or departments for individuals who can be contacted for further information about the plan.
- Reviewing the plan with employees. The employer must review the plan with each employee at the following times:
- Upon initial assignment for new employees; and
- When the actions the employee must take under the plan change because of a change in duties or a change in the plan.
- Additional employer requirements. The employer also must:
- Keep the plan accessible to employees, employee representatives, and OSHA;
- Review and update the plan whenever necessary, but at least annually;
- Document that affected employees have been informed about the plan as required by paragraph (c) of this section; and
- Ensure any outside fire response organization that the employer expects to respond to fires at the employer’s worksite has been given a copy of the current plan.
Contract employers. Contract employers must have a fire safety plan for their employees, and this plan must comply with the host employer’s fire safety plan.