Colorado Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Fire Drills: What you need to know

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)requires companies with 10 or more employees to 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.
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Colorado has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills.
However, acute-care facilities, including hospitals, healthcare facilities, psychiatric facilities, 24-hour substance abuse treatment facilities, and residential homes for people with developmental disabilities must hold one fire drill per shift per quarter. Clients should participate in daytime drills if possible. Alarm systems need not be activated when drills are held during sleeping hours (CO Code Regs. Title 6, Sec. 1011, 1.109(4)). The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment enforces the regulation.
The regulation has a reporting and recordkeeping requirement. The fire drill report form may be downloaded at
Fire drills must also be held in private homes used for child care and adult day care.
Note: Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements.
State buildings. Mandatory fire drills must be held at least annually in state buildings. Every state agency must have a Fire Safety Program for its building and grounds and must conduct periodic inspections. Random and frequent fire and evacuation drills must be held in state correctional facilities.
Schools. Regular, random drills for fires and other emergencies must be ...

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