South Carolina Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

South Carolina Fire Drills: What you need to know

South Carolina has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of schools, colleges, adult and child daycare facilities, and residential medical facilities and nursing homes.
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However, South Carolina's Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) 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. South Carolina's OSH Act virtually mirrors the federal OSH Act, with a few exceptions.
There is a more detailed discussion of the federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements. Also check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.
Private employers. The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation's Division of Fire and Life Safety has responsibility for compliance with safety regulations in private buildings, including fire alarm and sprinkler systems. For more information, go to or call 803-737-2315.
State employees. State employees undergo fire evacuation training and participate in evacuation drills. Emergency situations such as evacuation due to fire, bomb threats, severe weather, and more are included in each building's emergency plan. The state Office of General Services has emergency plans for state-owned and -leased buildings. For more information, call 803-737-2315.
Severe weather drills. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) holds statewide tornado, hurricane, and disaster drills and has information on drills on its website at The SCEMD has an emergency planning business ...

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South Carolina Fire Drills Resources

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