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 defined employers’ responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. Today, one way an employer can provide a safe environment is with employee alarm systems to warn of an emergency allowing workers as much time as possible to escape safely.
Per OSHA 1910.165, 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.
There are a variety of visual and audible signals, telephony and fire alarm products available to help companies meet the OSHA requirement. These include:
- Indoor Warning Devices: Indoor notifications are an important part of keeping employees safe. Digital intercoms, speakers, audible/visual status indication, signage and instant computer and phone notifications help notify employees inside facilities.
- Outdoor Warning Devices: For outdoor notifications, high-powered are needed to reach audiences outdoors. Wide-area mechanical sirens, electronic sirens, amplifiers and digital signage are designed to be easily recognizable across large, open areas.
- Lockdown Products: In case of emergency, a single push button can activate alerting software and provide 911 dispatch with location information. The device has internal one- and two-way communication capabilities and the ability to activate door locks, strobe lights, message boards and speakers.
Federal Signal’s Solutions
Alerting your employees of danger is an important part of meeting your OSHA-defined responsibilities. Failure to have the appropriate precautions in place can put employees at risk and result in hefty fines.
Federal Signal provides products for visual signals, audible signals, telephony, and fire alarms. 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 which products Federal Signal offers, 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.