OSHA: Theater Inspections To Include Emergency Plan Review

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The federal agency that governs workplace safety has sent a letter to 63 New York City theaters saying future inspections of the venues will include reviews of their emergency action plans.

The letter from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that the attempted car bombing in Times Square last summer highlighted the need for increased vigilance and ongoing emergency preparedness.

The letter was reportedly sent out on April 15.

Emergency action plans must outline various possible emergency situations. They must spell out which employees should stay behind to assist in evacuations. All venues with more than 10 employees must have such plans in writing.

Do you agree with OSHA’s assessment? Leave a comment below…

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  • Victor M. Figueroa

    aasi yo yo creo que es una medida muy saludable saber que hay una agencia que esta velando por la seguridad de los ciudadanos estadounidenses.

    Tambien creo que deben ser mas agresivos en las nuevas construcciones y velar
    porque todo marche bien segun planos y especificaciones.Yo fui inspecctor de la parte mecanica del nuevo edificio de eneregia electrica y alli nunca fue un inspector
    de osha.En las excavaciones salia una arena negra como si tuviera aceite de los transformadores.Donde tiraron esa arena ,nadie sabe.Ese preyecto fue afines del 1999 y principio de los 2000.Suerte con su trabajo.

  • Les Brazil

    This OSHA requirement for emergency planning is absolutely necessary. It is as important as having fire exits. Do we have to wait for another disaster before we take action? With hundreds of people in each theater at virtually the same times, the old adage applies: There is no substitute for safety.

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