Oregon Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Fire Drills: What you need to know

Oregon has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of schools. Local safety codes may contain additional requirements.
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Oregon's own state health and safety code (OR Rev. Stat. 654.001et seq.) has adopted the occupational safety standards set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which requires that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans in place for each worksite. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.
There is additional information and a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements. Also, check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
There are statewide awareness weeks for floods and severe weather, including a tornado drill in March, lightning in June, and winter weather in November.
State law requires that local and state agencies and employers with 250 or more full-time employees at one worksite (street address) conduct earthquake drills (OR Admin. Rules Sec. 104-020-000-040). Records of the dates of such drills must be kept. Go to http://www.oregon.govfor more information.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management holds an annual Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill in October and has information on workplace earthquake drills that would be adaptable for private employers. Download information at http://egov.oregon.gov.
The Oregon Military Department's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) identifies tsunami evacuation routes and conducts evacuation drills in April during Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Month.
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