General Employer Responsibilities

Hazard Prevention in Hospitality

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, hospitality employers are generally subject to the following recommendations and requirements.  

Emergency Action Plans

Unless otherwise mandated, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that all hospitality employers have an Emergency Action Plan. An Emergency Action Plan describes actions employees should take to ensure their safety in an emergency situation. These measures generally include (among other things):

  • Procedures for reporting fires and other emergencies;
  • Procedures for emergency evacuations; and
  • Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation.

You can create your own Emergency Action Plan by using our Emergency Action Plan Generator or Emergency Action Plan Template.

Fire Prevention Plans

Unless otherwise mandated, OSHA recommends that hospitality employers have a Fire Prevention Plan. The Fire Prevention Plan must include certain items, such as (among other things):

  • A list of all major fire hazards;
  • Proper handling and storage procedures for hazardous materials; and
  • Types of fire protection equipment necessary to control each major hazard.

Click here for more information on Fire Prevention Plans.    

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