Resource Newsletter
February 2013

Emergency plans – does your workplace need them?

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Oregon OSHA rules that require emergency plans
Oregon OSHA rule Emergency action plan required? Fire prevention plan required?
Portable fire extinguishers - 437-002-0187 [Division 2, Subdivision L]. If you require all your employees to evacuate during a fire and portable fire extinguishers are not accessible. Yes Yes
Portable fire extinguishers - 437-002-0187 [Division 2, Subdivision L]. If you require all your employees to evacuate during a fire and portable fire extinguishers are accessible but not intended for their use. Yes Yes
Portable fire extinguishers - 437-002-0187 [Division 2, Subdivision L]. If only designated employees can use portable fire extinguishers. Yes  
Fixed extinguishing systems - 1910.160 [Division 2, Subdivision L]. Workplaces that have areas protected by total flooding systems where gaseous agent concentrations exceed maximum safe levels. See 1910.162, [Division 2, Subdivision L] Fixed Extinguishing Systems Yes  
Fire detection systems - 1910.164 [Division 2, Subdivision L]. When it-s necessary to delay fire detector alarms for more than 30 seconds to protect employees. Yes  
Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals - 1910.119 [Division 2, Subdivision H]. Yes  
Hazardous waste operations and emergency response - 1910.120 [Division 2, Subdivision H]. If you require employees to evacuate and do not permit them to assist in handling the emergency. Yes  
Grain handling facilities - 1910.272 [Division 2, Subdivision R] Yes  
Methylenedianiline - 1910.1050 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]. Workplaces where employees may be exposed to methylenedianiline. Yes  
1,3-butadiene - 1910.1051 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]. Workplaces where employees may be exposed to 1,3-butadiene. Yes  
The following rules do not require emergency action plans or fire prevention plans, but do require written plans for emergencies. The written plans are unique to each rule.
Vinyl chloride - 1910.1017 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]    
Cadmium - 1910.1027 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]    
1,2-dibromo-3-chloropane - 1910.1044 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]    
Acrylonitrile - 1910.1045 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]    
Ethylene oxide - 1910.1047 [Division 2, Subdivision Z]    

If your workplace has more than 10 employees, your emergency action plan and fire prevention plan must be in writing. If your workplace has 10 or fewer employees, you don't need written plans but the employees must know what procedures to follow during an emergency. ... continued

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