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Chapter 104 - Division 20
104-020-000 - Purpose
 
 
The purpose of the rule is to provide guidance for state and local government agencies and employers with 250 or more full-time employees to conduct mandatory annual earthquake drills for employees located within office buildings.

104-020-010 - Definitions
 
 
  1. "State and local agency” means a state or local government office, department, division, bureau, board, or commission that is assigned, renting, leasing, owning or controlling office space for carrying out its duties either in one or multiple locations. 'State or local agency' includes the legislative assembly (i.e. legislators) when in regular session.
  2. "Employers with 250 or more full-time employees" mean employers with 250 or more full time employees in Oregon, who are not state and local agencies.
  3. “Office Building” means a building whose primary function is office work. It does not include those non-office buildings whose primary function is manufacturing, assembly, warehouse, laboratory, maintenance, or other non-office situations.
  4. “Earthquake drill”, as outlined in guidelines established by Oregon Emergency Management, means drop, cover, and hold or other protective action, if drop, cover and hold is not possible.

104-020-020 - Drill Requirements
 
 
Those required to conduct the drill are certain office employees of state and local agencies and certain office employees of other employers who have 250 or more full-time employees.
 
  1. State and local agencies
    • State and local agencies fall under the drill requirement regardless of the type (full and part time) and number of employees and number of works sites.
    • All office employees are required to drill, except where there is a mix of office and non-office employees at a work site. If the office employees at a mixed work site are in the majority they are required to drill. If not, they are not required to drill. If an agency has more than one work site, each work site is evaluated separately according to this majority rule. A work site is defined as a site that has one street address, which may contain one or more buildings.
  2. Employers with 250 or more full time employees
    • Employers with 250 or more full time employees fall under the drill requirement regardless of the number of work sites. The 250 or more full-time employees include all full time employees.
    • All office employees (including both full and part time) are required to drill, except where there is a mix of office and non-office employees at a work site. If the office employees at the mixed work site are in the majority they are required to drill. If not, they are not required to drill. If an employer has more than one work site, each work site is evaluated separately according to this majority rule. A work site is defined as a site that has one street address, which may contain one or more buildings.

104-020-030 - Drill Guidelines
 
 
  1. The earthquake drill shall be the drop, cover and hold, or if not possible, other protective action. Written information on pre-designated evacuation routes and procedures for exiting the building shall be made available to employees.
  2. Guidelines for the drill and evacuation procedures are posted on the web sites of Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

104-020-040 - Drill Records
 
 
  1. Each state and local agency and employer with 250 or more full-time employees shall maintain a file that documents the date the earthquake drill was conducted. The file can be either maintained at one central location, for those agencies or employers that have multiple locations, or maintained at each location. If maintained at a central location, the record shall be kept in the office of the agency or company head. If maintained at each agency location, then the record shall be kept in the office of the manager at that site.
  2. For those agencies, companies and organizations that fit the drill criteria, drill waivers may be granted each year in exceptional circumstances and for good cause. Petitions must be submitted by the executive head of the state agency, local agency, company, or organization requesting the waiver to the Earthquake Program Coordinator, Oregon Emergency Management, P. O. Box 14370, Salem, OR 97309-5062.
 
 
 
 
Stat. Auth.: Chapter 366, Oregon Laws 2001
Stats. Implemented: Chapter 366, Oregon Laws 2001