Texas Fire Drills: What you need to know

Texas has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) standards, which govern Texas' 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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However, check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
The Texas Department of Insurance has an initiative under its Office of the State Fire Marshal called "Have an Exit Strategy" that includes specific information for businesses athttp://www.tdi.texas.gov.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) Division of Emergency Management holds annual Severe Weather Week in February, Flood Safety Awareness Week in March, and Lightning Awareness Week in June, and has a severe weather awareness informational website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us.
The TXDPS's Division of Emergency Management identifies areas from which people must be relocated during emergencies, conducts drills including an annual hurricane drill in May, and plans and conducts orderly evacuations from these areas. For more information, go to http://www.txdps.state.tx.us.
Emergency evacuation. An employer may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee who leaves work to participate in a general public evacuation ordered under an emergency evacuation order (TX Lab. Code Sec. 22.002).
Evacuation maps. Coastal evacuation and reentry route maps, highway contraflow plans, and other resources are available from the Texas Department of Transportation at http://www.txdot.gov

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