850 Emergency Action Plans and Fire Prevention and Control

851 General Responsibilities

851.1 Installation Heads

Installation heads are responsible for implementing emergency action plans and a fire safety program for the protection of people, mail, and Postal Service property. This is required by 29 CFR 1910, Subparts E and L. This program must include (but is not limited to):

  1. Training,
  2. Education,
  3. Inspection,
  4. Enforcement,
  5. Drills,
  6. Emergency evacuation teams,
  7. Written emergency action plans,
  8. Written standard operating procedures for hazardous materials releases, and
  9. Fire prevention plans as required in this subchapter.

As an independent establishment of the executive branch of the federal government, the Postal Service must also conform to the National Response Plan (NRP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) established by the Department of Homeland Security. Plans and procedures required by OSHA and described in this subchapter will be integrated into or coordinated with the NRP and NIMS as appropriate by the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

851.2 Managers and Supervisors

Managers and supervisors must be constantly alert for fire hazards or other emergency situations and take immediate action to correct unsafe practices and conditions. If an immediate corrective measure is beyond his or her capability, the manager must take short–term precautions to ensure the safety of employees and protection of the workplace. Conditions that cannot be corrected immediately must be reported to a higher authority for corrective action. Managers must ensure that marked aisles and exits are maintained and clear and that all employees are trained in the evacuation and emergency procedures of the installation, including emergency alarm systems. Supervisors or managers are responsible for ensuring that personal protective equipment is available to employees who respond to spills and breakage involving hazardous materials.