South Carolina Emergency Preparedness laws & safety compliance analysis

South Carolina Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

South Carolina is a "state-plan" state; that is, it has its own federally approved state occupational health and safety plan. The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) applies to all employers in both public and private sector workplaces, and the state law has adopted the standards and regulations of the federal OSH Act with regard to workplace safety.

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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) addresses natural and technological disasters that have the potential for casualties and property damage. SCEMD works with the National Weather Service to alert citizens about severe weather conditions, such as storms, floods, hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards, and tornadoes. It also works with environmental agencies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address industrial or terrorism-related emergencies. The plans are available at

SCEMD has a comprehensive business portal at, or call 803-737-8500.

Resources. The state Department of Public Safety maintains an Emergency Management website at EmergencyManagement.aspx.

SCEMD has information guides on hurricanes, earthquakes, dam failure, terrorism, and other emergency-related topics available at, or call 803-737-8500.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has identified coastal flood evacuation routes that include road reversal plans. To determine suggested routes from facilities and download maps and detailed directions, go to

Communications.The SCEMD website is a ...

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