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Q: When does a healthcare facility need a written emergency action plan?

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 7, 2005

Q: When does a healthcare facility need a written emergency action plan?

A: A written emergency action plan is a prudent measure to take for employee and patient safety.

OSHA requires your facility to a have an emergency action plan (1910.38) and to communicate it in writing if you employ 11 or more workers. Offices with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plans verbally to staff.

Editor's note: With images of the magnitude of damage from a natural disaster fresh in the mind, the Q&A above from the July 5 Medical Environment Weekly bears repeating.

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