Indiana Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Fire Drills: What you need to know

Indiana has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, Indiana's own state health and safety code has adopted the safety standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act, applicable to the private sector workplace, 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.
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There is additional information and a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements.
Local codes. Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements for business facilities.
Facilities required to have fire drills. Indiana does require that schools conduct at least one tornado drill and one man-made occurrence drill per semester, in addition to five fire drills during the school year. There are also fire drill requirements for childcare, healthcare, and assisted living facilities.
The state Department of Labor's INSafe program, which works with employers to ensure workplace health and safety, suggests that:
• All employees be made aware of varied routes to all exits.
• Evacuation maps be posted in all departments and in public areas such as lunchrooms.
• Employees become familiar with the sound of the evacuation alarm, which should be a continuous, high-pitched sound.
• Employees know the location of their designated evacuation assembly places so they can be counted in post-evacuation roll calls.
To contact INSafe, go to http://www.in.gov/dol

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