Safety

Q&A: OSHA and fire drills

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 14, 2009

Q: Does OSHA require an annual fire drill?

A: No. Federal OSHA only recommends periodic drills, and no standard sets a frequency.

Fire drill requirements and frequencies are usually regulated by local fire authorities or by accrediting organizations; your insurance company may also have a requirement. Be sure to check with these sources when developing your policy.

For a fire drill checklist appropriate for medical and dental practices, go to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page.

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