West Virginia has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, although the state fire code expects that building managers use standard safe practices as embodied in widely recognized standards of good practice for fire prevention and fire protection.
Local fire codes may contain additional requirements.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs West Virginia's 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.