Utah Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

Utah Fire Prevention: What you need to know

Utah has no specific law or regulation requiring employers in general to conduct fire/evacuation drills. The state does require that employers post the phone number of the local fire department in conspicuous places throughout the workplace.

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Utah's own state health and safety code has adopted the safety standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). 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, administered by the Utah Fire Protection Board, has jurisdiction over publicly owned buildings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and mental health facilities, homes for the aged, and childcare centers. It requires these buildings to conduct regularly scheduled fire/building emergency evacuations drills and record certain information about each drill (UT Code Sec. 53-7-204et seq. and UT Admin. Code Sec. R710et seq.).

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