Nebraska Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Nebraska Fire Drills: What you need to know

Nebraska has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. Nebraska's state health and safety code has adopted the safety standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act 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 plans will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills.
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There is no OSHA requirement for an annual evacuation for safety purposes. OSHA’s emergency action plan rule (29 CFR 1910.34) states that employers must provide for the safe evacuation of all employees from the workplace. It is up to the employer to determine how to do that.
There is additional information and a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements. .
Public employers. Part V of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services Human Resource Policies and Procedures Manual requires each division to post emergency evacuation plans for each area or section and to designate an employee to be responsible for evacuation plans and related training activities and drills in that section.
Private employers. Nebraska has no specific law or regulation requiring private employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of schools and residential facilities (see below). However, local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements. The Nebraska Department of Labor suggests that businesses make plans for evacuating facilities for tornadoes and windstorms, fires and explosions, loss ...

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