Restaurant & Bar owners in California with more than ten employees must maintain a written Emergency Action Plan. Title 8 CCR 3220, Emergency Action Plan, states that the Emergency Action Plan “shall cover those designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies. For those employers with 10 or fewer employees the plan may be communicated orally to employees and the employer need not maintain a written plan.”

Chain of Command                                                                                                              A chain of command should be established so that employees know who has authority when it comes time to making decisions. An emergency response coordinator and a backup coordinator should be designated. Adequate backup must be arranged so that trained personnel are always available. Coordinator duties include:

• Determining whether an emergency requiring activation of emergency procedures exists
• Directing all emergency activities including evacuation of personnel
• Ensuring that outside emergency services such as medical aid and local fire departments are called when necessary
• Directing the shutdown of company operations when necessary

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