Utah Fire Drills laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah Fire Drills: What you need to know

Utah's own state health and safety code has adopted the safety standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act); the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Standard 101, Life Safety Code; and International Fire Code (IFC) with some exceptions and additions.
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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 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 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.
Mandatory drills. Utah's Uniform Fire Code has jurisdiction over publicly owned buildings, such as including public and private schools, colleges and universities, and hospitals and mental health facilities (UT Code Sec. 53-7-204et seq. and UT Admin. Code Sec. R710et seq.).
Hospitals and mental health facilities can exempt certain patients from participation. Assisted-living facilities and homes for the aged must conduct drills for employees and ambulatory residents. Home-based daycare centers must conduct monthly drills signaled by a whistle or bell. The date and time of the drills and the amount of time to ...

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