Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards. E911 is an important component of an employer’s emergency action plan. An organization cited by OSHA for workplace violations could potentially be subjected to significant fines.
— A fire, act of violence or employee accident can have a devastating impact financially and emotionally on an organization. Beyond the direct expense of loss of life and property in a crisis, operations also can be significantly disrupted.
According to a survey by the Liberty Mutual Group, about two-thirds of employers report a three-fold savings for every dollar invested in safety.
(From a TMCNet.com article) The need to comply with state E911 legislation is a prime motivator for adding E911 protection to IP, PBX (News – Alert) and Centrex phone systems. Over the past decade, a significant percentage of RedSky E911 solutions have been sold to enterprise, government, university and school district customers with operations in at least one of the 16 states with legislation on the books.
But why don’t organizations in states without E911 legislation take measures to ensure that first responders can quickly find employees, visitors and students in the event of an emergency at the same rate as organizations in these 16 states?