Federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Idaho's occupational safety and health system, require that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans in place for each worksite. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.
for a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements.
Idaho law requires residential healthcare providers, assisted living facilities, and educational facilities to conduct fire drills. While there are no other specific laws or regulations requiring private employers to conduct fire drills, the Idaho Fire Code suggests that employers voluntarily hold unannounced fire/evacuation drills at least annually to familiarize employees with exit routes and alarm signals.
Idaho's Fire Safety Standard, part of the Idaho General Safety and Health Standards administered by the Division of Building Safety of the Idaho Industrial Commission, requires public employers to develop fire prevention plans, reviewed annually, that include:
• Fire reporting procedures
• Floor plans showing location of exits, primary evacuation routes, secondary evacuation routes, manual fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm controls
• Evacuation plans with assembly points and procedures that include accounting for employees and other occupants when evacuation has been completed
State law defines public employers as counties, cities, political subdivisions (including school districts), and municipal corporations.
Fire/evacuation drills. Public employers must conduct fire evacuation drills at intervals based on occupancy groups (monthly, quarterly, or ...