Rhode Island Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Fire Drills: What you need to know

Rhode Island has no specific law or regulation requiring all employers to conduct fire drills.
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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Rhode Island's private sector 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.
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 to 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.
There is additional information and a more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements.
The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code follows codes and standards of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and is enforced by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 23-28-3).
The Fire Safety Code was amended in January 1, 2013, to require identified buildings and structures to comply with certain NFPA regulations by December 31, 2015. For specific information on your facility, go to http://www.fsc.ri.gov or call 401-462-0940.
The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code regulates fire safety and prevention measures and procedures in ...

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Rhode Island Fire Drills Resources

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