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Louisiana Fire Drills: What you need to know

Louisiana has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Louisiana'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.
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State buildings. State agencies have their own fire brigades. The Office of State Buildings helps develop and maintain emergency plans and fire and evacuation drills for state buildings. Call 800-354-9548 for information.
The state government holds Severe Weather Awareness Week in February, which includes a statewide tornado drill on the Wednesday of that week.
Under the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance Act, the governor has emergency powers and authority to respond to disasters, including calling for evacuation and controlling access to certain geographic areas (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 29:721).
A coalition of the Louisiana Departments of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development develops evacuation routes and assists with evacuation plans to address hurricanes, high tides and floods, and other weather-related situations.
Note: Louisiana employers should make provisions in emergency and site evacuation plans for employees who are unable to walk the distance to exits. A circuit court found against an employer that fired an employee because she could not walk the 100 feet to the emergency exit without stopping to rest (EEOC v. E.I. DuPont de ...

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