Employee safety has evolved and improved over the years. A century ago there were numerous recorded incidents of workplace injuries and deaths. Enacted in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) defined employers’ responsibility to maintain a safe workplace.
Today, one way an employer can improve personnel safety is by installing emergency alarm systems in the workplace. These warn of a fire or other crisis, allowing workers as much time as possible to safely escape the danger.
Per OSHA 1910.165, emergency alarm systems must be:
- Perceivable above ambient noise or light levels by employees in the surrounding area
- Distinctive enough to be recognizable as a signal to evacuate or perform the emergency action plan
OSHA requires employers to explain to workers the preferred means to report emergencies, such as by phone or pull box alarms, and provide an emergency action plan. Employers face fines up to $70,000 per violation if these standards aren’t met.
Meet OSHA’s Emergency Alarm System Requirements Head-On with Federal Signal
- Active Shooter and Lockdown Products: In case of emergency, a single push button can activate an emergency alarm system. These devices can activate door locks, strobe lights and speakers to alert employees.
- Indoor and Outdoor Warning Devices: Indoor notifications are an important part of employee safety. Digital intercoms, speakers, audible/visual status indication and fire alarm notification devices help notify employees inside facilities. For outdoor notifications, high-powered products are needed to reach audiences. Wide-area mechanical and electronic sirens are designed to be easily recognizable across large, open areas.
Alerting your employees of danger with safety alarms in the workplace is an important part of meeting your OSHA-defined responsibilities. Failure to have the appropriate precautions in place, including emergency alarm systems, can put employees at risk and result in hefty fines. It’s important to plan ahead for fires and other unpredictable catastrophic events.
Federal Signal provides products for visual signals, audible signals, telephony, and fire alarm notification devices. Markets they serve include: refineries, chemical plants, pharmaceutical, gas depots, wastewater facilities, steel processing, quarries, heavy industrial, energy facilities and universities.
If you are interested in learning more about Federal Signal’s emergency alarm system products to meet OSHA requirements, contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager. You can also review product and pricing information for all stocked Federal Signal products on our website.