Emergency Action Plan

What is it?

The California Division of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (Cal OSHA) requires every workplace have an Emergency Action Plan (29 CFR 1910.38(a)). The Emergency Action Plan (EAP) outlines important emergency response information such as:

  • Evacuation routes
  • Assembly areas
  • Staff rosters and accountability
  • Staff responsible for operating critical plant equipment before evacuating

The EAP must be in writing and be made available to employees for review at any time.

Who is it for?

Emergency Action Plans are for UCLA employees. They are specific to work areas and are not department specific, although collaboration is an important aspect of emergency planning and is encouraged for creation of your EAP. A workplace is typically considered any suite of offices, lab, or smaller floor of a building. Each EAP will typically cover up to 20 persons, although exceptions can be made. The creation and update of the Emergency Action Plan is the responsibility of the Area and/or Floor Warden of each workspace. Please consult with the Office of Emergency Management if any questions arise during the creation of your EAP or selection of Area and Floor Wardens.

How is it used?

EAPs should be used to plan and prepare for emergencies at the workspace level so that if an emergency occurs, UCLA employees will know what to do. For example, the EAP helps to guide evacuation, assembly, sheltering-in-place and other staff responsibilities.

What can I do?

Make sure that your workspace has an up-to-date EAP. If you are not sure where to find your EAP, ask your Floor and/or Area Warden.