OSHA Regulations for Employee Warning Systems
Some facilities must satisfy Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards that require
employers to install employee alarm systems. Building Systems Solutions can custom design an employee warning
system for your facility that covers the entire building, ensuring that all employees are protected and that you
are in full compliance with OSHA standards. Contact us today to get started!
OSHA requires that Emergency Warning Systems:
- Can be heard above ambient noise levels.
- Have a distinctive and recognizable signal used only in emergencies.
- Give emergency messages priority over non-emergency communications if the emergency warning system is
integrated with a paging system.
- Be tested every two months for reliability and adequacy.
- Are supervised, if applicable, and alert personnel if a defect exists in the system.
OSHA requires that all employers develop and implement Employee Emergency Response Plans that include an
emergency alert system. Studies have shown that systems that utilize voice instructions as an alarm signal are
more effective at disseminating emergency information than systems that use a siren.
International Standard ISO 7731 requires that the alarm signal be above 15 dB to eliminate interference from
background noise, but also notes that an alarm that reaches 30 dB within half a second can startle employees and
should be avoided.
Building Systems Solutions will test the ambient noise levels in your office space and use the data to build a
custom employee warning system that complies with OSHA standards and shows due diligence in providing for your
employees’ safety. Schedule a consultation today.