Massachusetts Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Fire Drills: What you need to know

Massachusetts has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Massachusetts's occupational safety and health system, 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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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most employers to provide emergency exit routes, an emergency action plan, a fire prevention plan, and implement procedures to protect employees from fires. Although fire and evacuation drills are not specifically required by regulation, employers should also have written procedures for executing fire evacuation drills. Employees who supervise evacuations must be trained to perform the task.
State fire prevention provisions address fire and evacuation drill requirements for schools, colleges, and universities; hospitals and healthcare facilities; residential-care facilities and homes for the elderly; high-rise buildings; and theaters and places of public assembly (527 CMR 10.00 et seq.).
Training. Training is suggested for all employees in life-safety procedures and use of safety devices.
Customers. Evacuation plans should include customers as well as employees. Plans should define responsibilities of employees regarding customers. Evacuation routes to all exits should be planned and posted.
High-rise buildings. The owner or person in charge of a high-rise ...

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Massachusetts Fire Drills Resources

Type Title
Checklists Exit Routes and Evacuations Checklist
Policies Procedures for Fire Drills (Standard)
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