One of the many resources available to help employers ensure they’re ready is the OSHA Quick Card on Emergency Exit Routes. This briefly reviews requirements for exits, safety features for exit routes, and design and construction requirements for a generalized reach into the topic.**
There are, of course, businesses whose very nature or location leave them more prone to being visited by a specific emergency situation than any other. While earthquakes are a constant concern on the west coast of the United States, people on the opposite end of the country should be much more concerned about hurricanes.*** And in the Midwest, tornadoes are a big concern.***
Don’t know where to start in developing a complete emergency response plan? You can turn to OSHA’s Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool. No business is immune from emergencies, however, every business can be prepared for them.