Ohio Fire Drills: What you need to know

Ohio has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, except for schools and residential-care facilities. However, federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Ohio'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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A detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements is available. Also check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
Ohio law requires fire/evacuation drills for certain facilities, such as public and private schools and educational institutions (10 drills per school year), and residential-care facilities such as nursing homes (12 drills per year; one conducted on each shift every 3 months). There is also a requirement to maintain records regarding the fire/evacuation drills (time, date, weather conditions, number of persons participating, total time for evacuation) (OH Rev. Code Sec. 3737.73).
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA), a consortium of state agencies and private organizations, conducts several preventive programs each year, including Flood Awareness Week, Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, and a statewide Tornado Drill in March, Heat Awareness Day in May, Lightning Awareness Week in June, and Winter Weather Safety Week in November. For more information on safety and preparedness, go to the OCSWA website at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.
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