Georgia Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Georgia Fire Drills: What you need to know

Georgia has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) does require 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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Schools. The Georgia state fire code requires that one fire drill per month must be conducted in schools. Schools may substitute a severe weather drill for February and November.
OSHA does require that a fire prevention plan should include fire drill procedures and safety precautions for avoiding a fire. Fire drills should be conducted as frequently as once every 6 months to once a year, depending on the needs of the facility. After the fire drill, and employee briefing should be conducted by the employer to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
See for a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements. Also, check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
The state conducts Severe Weather Awareness Week in February that includes a statewide tornado drill.
The state of Georgia insurance and emergency website offers information on evacuation planning and routes. Go to http://georgia911.org and scroll down to Emergency Travel & Evacuation Routes.
Hurricanes. Ready Georgia has information on evacuation routes from Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast areas on its mobile app. Sign up at http://www.ready.ga.gov.
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