OSHA Training Requirements – Are Evacuation Drills Mandatory?

Question:

According to the OSHA Training Requirements, is it mandatory that I conduct practice evacuation drills as part of my company’s annual training?

Answer:

According to OSHA How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations, evacuation drills are not required but in their words: “Once you have reviewed your emergency action plan with your employees and everyone has had the proper training, it is a good idea to hold practice drills as often as necessary to keep employees prepared.  Include outside resources such as fire and police departments when possible.  After each drill, gather management and employees to evaluate the effectiveness of the drill.  Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your plan and work to improve it.”

Workplace safety training will vary depending on the type of business.  Here are some important points to consider when deciding what types of training your employees need to meet OSHA Training Requirements and Standards:

  • Educate your employees about the types of emergencies that may occur and train them in the proper course of action.
  • The size of your workplace and workforce, processes used, materials handled, and the availability of onsite or outside resources will determine your training requirements.
  • Be sure all your employees understand the function and elements of your emergency action plan, including types of potential emergencies, reporting procedures, alarm systems, evacuation plans, and shutdown procedures.
  • Discuss any special hazards you may have onsite such as flammable materials, toxic chemicals, radioactive sources, or water-reactive substances.
  • Clearly communicate to your employees who will be in charge during an emergency to minimize confusion.

It is a good idea to keep a record of all safety and health training.  Documentation can also supply an answer to one of the first questions an incident investigator will ask: “Did the employee receive adequate training to do the job?”

Are you looking for an outstanding and VERY COMPREHENSIVE document of OSHA Training requirements in OSHA Standards?  To assist employers, safety and health professionals, training directors, and others with a need to know, OSHA’s training-related requirements have been excerpted and collected in this updated booklet.

“Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace.  No person should ever have to be injured, become ill, or die for a paycheck.”

 

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