OSHA's Emergency Action Plan

The Vision Council is updating the Chemical Management and OSHA compliance resources to reflect numerous regulatory changes over the past several years. We will be sending a series of memos over the next few months, with training, templates, references, and OSHA required written programs. This fourth memo addresses OSHA's Emergency Action Plan.

An emergency action plan (EAP) is usually a written document required by particular OSHA standards. For smaller organizations (10 or fewer employees), the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally. [29 CFR 1910.38(b)] The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. The elements of the plan must include, but are not limited to:

  • Means of reporting fires and other emergencies
  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments
  • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate
  • Procedures to account for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed
  • Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform those duties
  • Names and job titles of persons who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan

To view sample plans and OSHA requirements, visit the complete update here.

Please contact Steve Sutherlin, lab division liaison, with questions.

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