Why "Emergency Action and Fire Prevention" Matters
- OSHA estimates that approximately 200 workplace deaths and 5,000 workplace injuries each year are due to fire, one of the most common types of emergencies.
- In one recent year, OSHA issued more than 300 citations for violations of its rule on Emergency Action Plans.
- Safety experts all agree that knowing how to act quickly and properly in an emergency is the key to saving lives and preventing injuries.
- Required by 29 CFR 1910, Subpart E
- Fires, chemical discharges, natural disasters, and workplace violence are leading causes of workplace emergencies.
- Measures to prevent emergencies are much easier and safer to implement than emergency response.
- The first thing to do in the event of an emergency is to remove yourself from danger and alert others to the hazard.
- Use fire-fighting equipment only if trained.
- Know your role in an evacuation. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your supervisor.