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Emergency Preparedness
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This topic covers OSHA’s emergency preparedness and response rules, which cover exit routes, employee alarm systems, fire prevention, emergency action plans (EAPs), and medical services and first aid. In this topic, you will also find general information on preparing your business for emergency situations, including weather events, workplace violence, pandemics, and more.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

Also see BLR’s Disaster Planning and Response resource center for a collection of documents and resources to help you keep your business and employees safe during emergencies.


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Directives 03/10/1995 - STP 2-1.174 - Issuance of Interpretive Rule Addressing OSHA's Policy on Employee Rescue Efforts 07/22/2003National
Directives 07/22/1991 - CPL 2.94 - OSHA Response to Significant Events of Potentially Catastrophic Consequences 07/22/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - CPL 2.2 - American Red Cross Agreement 07/08/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.4 - 29 CFR 1910.22(b)(2), Marking of Aisles and Passageways 07/07/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-2.1 - 29 CFR 1910.36(b)(8), Means of Egress; Fundamental Requirements - Relative to Workover Rigs Used to Service 07/08/2003National
Directives 12/18/2003 - HSO 01-00-001 - National Emergency Management Plan (PDF) 12/18/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.34 Coverage and definitions  National
Interpretations A hazardous chemical is any chemical which is a physical hazard or a health standard. 05/29/1997National
Clip Art Alarm (JPG)  National
Interpretations Application of OSHA standards to escape and protection of employees from threats associated with terrorist actions.[1910.120(q); 1910.38] 05/24/2004National
Handouts Are You Prepared for a Weather Emergency? (PDF)  National
Quizzes Are You Prepared for a Weather Emergency? (PDF)  National
Quizzes Are You Prepared for a Weather Emergency? (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Are You Prepared for a Weather Emergency? (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Are You Prepared for a Weather Emergency? (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
News Are you prepared for an earthquake? 08/04/2014National
Training Tips Are you prepared for emergencies?  National
Training Tips Are Your Employees Prepared to Survive a Catastrophe?  National
Clip Art Asphyxiation (JPG)  National
Guidance Documents Avian Flu: Worker Health and Safety (CDC Presentation)  National
Quizzes Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies (PDF)  National
Handouts Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies (PDF)  National
Handouts Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Guidance Documents Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks  National
Checklists Business Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist (Spanish)  National
Checklists Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (CDC, PDF)  National
Checklists Business Resumption/Disaster Safety Checklist  National
Checklists Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist  National
Checklists Colleges and Universities Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist (CDC, PDF)  National
Policies Communicable Diseases Policy  National
Handouts Communicating in Emergencies (PDF) [OSHA Training System]  National
Quizzes Communicating in Emergencies (PDF) [OSHA Training System]  National
Trainer's Outlines Communicating in Emergencies (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Policies Compensation During Disasters/Emergencies Policy  National
Forms Contacts for Government Agencies and Other Organizations Form  National
Forms Critical Operations Support Staff Form  National
Forms Data Backup, Recovery, and Storage Procedures  National
Cartoons Dial 911 (JPG)  National
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