Emergency Quiz

 In 2022, Tip of the Week


Two sometimes overlooked parts of the Emergency Action Plan regulation are found in 29 CFR, Part 1910.38(c)(1) and (d). In these sections of the regulation, employers are required to have procedures for employees to report fires or other emergencies and must have an alarm system. Let’s see what you know about reporting emergencies and alarm systems. Test yourself.

One clue, there may be more than one answer to some of the questions. We’ll put the answers at the bottom of the safety tip for you.

1. When calling to report an emergency, you don’t have to know the exact address because it always shows up on the dispatcher’s screen, just like you see on TV.

A. Yes, 9-1-1 systems are sophisticated. They will pinpoint your exact location.
B. Yes, 9-1-1 systems are sophisticated, plus there are cameras on every corner, so law enforcement is monitoring for what is going on.
C. No. You need to give the exact or a close location to the emergency to confirm whether the system is accurate.
D. No. If you are calling from a cell phone, it may not give the dispatcher your location.
E. A and B are correct.
F. C and D are correct.

2. When reporting an emergency, the best number to call is always 9-1-1.

A. Yes. Always call 9-1-1.
B. No, not always. Some businesses need to call an additional number to get an outside line (example: call 9-9-1-1).
C. No, not always. Some businesses require that you. contact one person or place to make a call to report emergencies, such as a security office, control room, or a receptionist.
D. No. You should always call your supervisor first.
E. B and C are correct.
F. B and D are correct.

3. Alarm systems must have a loud, continuous tone.

A. No. Alarm systems should have different types of tones for different emergencies. For example, for some chemical emergencies you might need to shelter in place, not evacuate.
B. No. Alarm systems might have short, repeating blasts, not a continuous tone.
C. No. It is acceptable for an alarm system to be shouted instructions, like “FIRE – EVACUATE NOW!”
D. No. There is nothing in the regulation that describes an alarm system. The requirement is to have one.
E. All the above.

4. Is it required to train all employees about reporting emergencies and alarm systems?

A. No. This information is instinctive. Employees will know what to do when the time comes.
B. No. Supervisors must be trained, but employees do not need this level of training.
C. No. You only need to train an established emergency response team (ERT).
D. Yes. Employees need to know what you as the employer expect them to do during emergencies.

5. Some people store the phone numbers for friends or family to contact when there is an emergency. One method is to use the acronym ICE for the contact information. What do the letters ICE usually stand for?

A. In Case of Emergency.
B. Internal Contact for Everything.
C. Is my Call person for Evacuations.
D. Incident Commander of Emergencies.

1. F.
2. E.
3. E.
4. D.
5. Usually A. But any of these would work if it helps you to remember the acronym.
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