What does OSHA say about fire safety, toxic waste, and first aid kits in the workplace?
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Act) requires employers to provide evacuation plans in the workplace in case of fire and to conduct regular fire drills. Fire extinguishers should be provided within 50 feet of the main work area and the fire department’s number must be prominently displayed. For larger companies, there must also be fire alarms installed on every floor and sprinkler/alarm systems should be regularly inspected. Additionally, if a workplace is not near a medical center, there should be at least one staff member trained in first aid and emergency procedures.