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.”

In an emergency, the effectiveness of response depends on advanced planning and training. Management’s commitment and employee involvement are essential to the action plan. The emergency response plan should cover all potential emergencies that could be expected at the work site. The written emergency action plan must be kept at the workplace and made available for employees to review. It should be re-evaluated and updated periodically. The following elements, at a minimum, must be included in the plan:

• Emergency escape procedures and mapped escape routes
• Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical operations before they evacuate
• Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation
• Rescue and medical duties for employees who perform them
• Means for reporting fires and other emergencies
• Persons or departments to contact for further information or explanation of duties under the plan

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