The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). requires that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally. To ensure that the exit plan will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills.
Minnesota has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of public and private schools. Minnesota's own health and safety code, governing both private and public workplaces, is--in most important respects--identical to the OSH Act.
Also, employers should check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
School drills. Schools in Minnesota must hold five fire/evacuation drills, five lockdown drills, and one tornado drill per school year (MN Stat. Sec. 121A.035).
The Office of the State Fire Marshal collaborates with private industry to reduce fire incidents through proactive measures and provides trainers to present programs on fire and life safety to communities and businesses. Call the Office at 651-201-7204 or go to http://www.fire.state.mn.us
for additional information.