Course 629 Planning for Workplace Emergencies

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Modules: 3
Hours: 2
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 629 Planning for Workplace Emergencies

Key Topics

  • Evacuation Plan
  • Assembly Areas
  • Warden Duties
  • Fire Prevention Plan
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Exit Route Requirements
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Training

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Have a plan when emergencies strike.

Several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards explicitly require employers to have Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for their workplaces. Emergency preparedness is a well-known concept in protecting workers' safety and health. To help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors, and others, the OSHA requirements for emergencies are compiled and summarized in this course.

Fire safety becomes everyone's job at a worksite. Employers must develop Fire Prevention Plans (FPPs) and train workers about fire hazards in the workplace and what to do in a fire emergency. If you want your workers to evacuate, you should train them on how to escape. If you expect your workers to use firefighting equipment, you must give them appropriate equipment and train them to use the equipment safely.

More information on this topic may be seen in the following OSHAcademy courses: The Emergency Action Plan (See course 717), Fire Prevention and Protection Plan (See course 718), along with a Violence Prevention Plan (See course 720). These three plans should be integrated into an overall Emergency Preparedness Program to protect employees and help ensure continuity of the organization's business services.

This course provides an overview of OSHA standards for emergencies contained within OSHA 1910.38, Emergency Action Plans, and 1910.39, Fire Prevention Plans. It is not intended to alter or determine compliance responsibilities in OSHA standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Please review the current OSHA standards applicable to your work operations to ensure your compliance.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1: The Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • List key elements in the Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  • Discuss reporting requirements under the EAP.
  • Describe a typical evacuation procedure if a fire occurs.
  • Describe evacuation warden requirements and duties.
  • Discuss requirements for employees who do not evacuate.
  • Discuss requirements for accounting for employees and assembly areas.
  • Describe how individuals can respond in an active shooter emergency.
  • Identify important points when coordinating with fire, rescue, and medical services.

Module 2: Exit Route Requirements

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Define the terms "exit," "exit access," and "exit discharge."
  • Describe the basic requirements for exit design, location, and use.
  • Discuss the factors that determine the number of exits.
  • Describe the requirements for door swing, locking, and outside exit doors.
  • Describe the importance of training and retraining proper use of exits during emergencies.

Module 3: Fire Prevention and Protection Plans

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe responsibilities for Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) managers and administrators.
  • Discuss FPP responsibilities for supervisors and employees.
  • Describe the requirement for a written FPP and identify components.
  • Identify at least five best practices under the FPP.
  • Identify and describe the two primary types of fire extinguishing systems.
  • Describe the PASS method for using fire extinguishers.
  • List and give examples of the various fire hazards in the workplace.
  • Describe FPP education and training requirements for managers, supervisors, and employees.

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Course 629 Final Exam

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