U.S. Department of Agriculture

Washington, D.C. 20250




DR 1650-002

 SUBJECT: Building Safety/Security Occupant Emergency Program



October 7, 1992


Office of Operations, Real Property Management Division



The purpose of this regulation is to prescribe general facility protection policies for the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nationwide.



This regulation revises the USDA Facility Protection Policy and adopts the provisions set forth in Section 101-20.103 of the Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR), Title 41 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Subpart 101-20.1 (see Appendix A). This regulation also adopts the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard, 29 C.F.R. 1910.38 (see Appendix B), as the requirement for the Occupant Emergency Program for those facilities where this regulation may conflict with standards imposed on occupants in a commonly occupied facility.



Departmental Regulation 1650-2, dated February 21, 1986, and Agriculture Property Management Regulations, Subchapter "N", Subpart 104-55.8 are hereby superseded.



Agencies occupying a facility owned or leased by the Federal Government are required to develop an Occupant Emergency Plan which provides for immediate positive and orderly action to safeguard life and property in the event of all emergencies, except enemy attack. To execute the plan agencies are required to staff and train an Occupant Emergency Organization. This can be under OSHA standards and/or with assistance from GSA.

Section 101-20.103 of the FPMR applies to USDA agencies that occupy space owned, leased, or assigned by the General Services Administration (GSA). However those USDA agencies that own or lease space under their own authority shall comply with Section 101-20.103 to the extent feasible.

Those agencies that occupy USDA-owned or leased space may acquire the services of GSA for standard protection and special protection on a reimbursable basis.

The Rules and Regulations Regarding Public Buildings, as distributed in accordance with the Office of Operations letter, dated September 30, 1991 (see Appendix C), shall be posted in Federally-owned or leased facilities. Permission to post this notice in leased facilities should be received from the lessor.



Each USDA agency shall comply with all pertinent facility regulations and procedures, assist in developing an Occupant Emergency Plan, recommend improvements to the Occupant Emergency Program, report all unlawful acts to the proper authorities, provide staffing for the Occupant Emergency Organization, and provide proper training for employees.



Agency heads and managers will ensure that the requirements of this regulation are complied with at their respective locations.

Managing an emergency in a Federally-owned or leased facility is the responsibility of the highest ranking official of the agency having the largest number of employees in the building or facility, or an alternate high ranking official designated in advance by agreement of occupant agency officials. Known as the Designated Official, this person must supervise the development of the Occupant Emergency Plan and the staffing and training of the Occupant Emergency Organization.

All agencies requiring a written and approved Occupant Emergency Plan and Occupant Emergency Organization (see Appendix B, Part 1910.38 (a)(5)(iii)) must maintain and make a copy of such Plan and Organization available at the affected facility for review upon request by any authorized GSA or USDA official.

The Occupant Emergency Plan Designated Official may obtain assistance from GSA Federal Protection Service (FPS) in setting up the plan and in the coordination of the plan with the local police, fire, and other authorities. (see Appendix D for appropriate regional FPS offices).

For the Federally-owned USDA Washington, D.C. complex, (the Administration, South, Auditors, and Cotton Annex buildings), the Office of Operations (OO) will appoint Designated Officials for each building. In addition, OO will appoint Emergency Coordinators, Floor Monitors, Damage Control Team personnel, Elevator Monitors, and other organizational members as needed. OO will request nominations of personnel from agencies for appointments as Area Monitors, Stairwell Monitors, and persons trained in emergency medical procedures, e.g. CPR, to respond to emergencies and to assist disabled employees.

The OO, Facilities Management Division will provide personnel technically qualified in the operation of utility systems, firefighting apparatus, warning systems, etc., and will assist in training members of the emergency organization.

In GSA-operated complexes and GSA-leased space, the Designated Official should contact the GSA Regional Office for assistance. The FPS will assist in coordinating the plan with the local police, fire, and other authorities. The GSA Buildings Manager or leasing official will provide personnel technically qualified in the operation of utility systems, firefighting apparatus, warning systems, etc., and will assist in the training of members of the emergency organization.

For USDA agency direct leases, agency officials in charge of the leasing services will assist the Designated Official in coordinating emergency plans with the lessor and local authorities and may request assistance for the Designated Official from the FPS.





Federal Property Management Regulations

101-20.102 Cleaning and maintenance.

GSA shall provide:

(a) Cleaning for all assigned space at a level equivalent to the cleaning furnished commercially for similar types of space.

(b) Maintenance of building systems for heating and cooling, and maintenance of plumbing, electrical, and elevator systems.

(c) Maintenance and repairs of exterior, grounds, sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas.

(d) Maintenance of building equipment such as directory boards, clock systems, window shades, door locks, and door title cards.

(e) Cyclic paintings of agency occupied space once every five years, and paintings of public areas once every three years, if needed.

(f) Maintenance of all safety and fire protection devices, equipment, and systems in a state of readiness in conformance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards.

(g) Maintenance of all food service activities in accordance with applicable U.S. Public Health Service standards and local regulations.

(h) Arrangements for raising and lowering the United States flags at appropriate times.

1 101-20.103 Physical protection and building security.

1 101-20.103-1 Standard protection.

For properties under its custody and control, GSA will provide standard protection services by:

(a) Responding to criminal occurrences, incidents. and life threatening events through the use of Federal Protective Officers and local law enforcement officers where a response agreement is in effect.

(b) Installing and maintaining perimeter security devices and systems if they are monitored to provide timely response by authorized personnel;

(c) Implementing crime prevention activities, including tenant awareness programs;

(d) Investigating crimes and violations of Federal statutes, recording and evaluating reports of criminal incidents, and referring findings and evidence to appropriate enforcement agencies;

(e) Entering into cooperative agreements with local law enforcement agencies;

(f) Performing physical security surveys and providing security advisory services; or

(g) Coordinating a comprehensive Occupant Emergency Program.

(h) Periodically evaluating the effectiveness of protection services by indepth inspections of procedures and records.

1 101-20.103-2 Special protection.

The degree of protection beyond standard levels required by the nature of an agency's activities or by unusual public reaction to an agency's program will be determined jointly by GSA and the occupant agency. Special protection will be provided on a reimbursable basis. The level of special protection will be determined on a facility-by-facility basis, after the conducting of appropriate security surveys and crime prevention assessments. In such determinations, GSA and occupant agencies will consider:

(a) The characteristics of the facility, including size, configuration, exterior lighting, and presence of physical barriers;

(b) The location of the facility and the history of criminal or disruptive incidents in the surrounding neighborhoods; and

(c) The reimbursable funding and resources available to GSA for provision of protective service.

(d) Tenant agency's mission.

1 101-20.103-3 Responsibilities of occupant agencies.

Occupants of facilities under the custody and control of GSA shall:

(a) Cooperate to the fullest extent with all pertinent facility procedures and regulations;

(b) Promptly report all crimes and suspicious circumstances occurring on GSA-controlled Property to the regional Law Enforcement Branch and other designed law enforcement agencies and then through internal agency channels;

(c) Provide training to employees regarding protection and responses to emergency situations; and

(d) Make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of protection in Federal facilities.

1 101-20.103.4 Occupant Emergency Program.

(a) The Designated Official (as defined in 101-20.003(&)) is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining an Occupant Emergency Plan (as defined in 101-20.003(w)). The Designated Official's responsibilities include establishing, staffing, and training an Occupant Emergency Organization with agency employees. GSA shall assist in the establishment and maintenance of such plans and organizations.

(b) All occupant agencies of a facility shall fully cooperate with the Designated Official in the implementation of the emergency plans and the staffing of the emergency organization.

(c) GSA shall provide emergency program policy guidance, shall review plans and organizations annually, shall assist in training of personnel, and shall otherwise ensure proper administration of Occupant Emergency Program (as defined in SS 10120.003(x)). In leased space, GSA will solicit the assistance of the lessor in the establishment and implementation of plans.

(d) In accordance with established criteria, GSA shall assist the Occupant Emergency Organization (as defined in 101-20.003(v)) by providing technical personnel qualified in the operation of utility systems and protective equipment.

(52 FR 11263, Apr. 8, 1987; 52 FR 24158, July 29,1987)

101-20.103-5 Initiating action under 0ccupant Emergency Programs.

(a) The decision to activate the Occupant Emergency Organization shall be made by the Designated Official, or by the designated alternate official. Decisions to activate shall be based upon the best available information, including an understanding of local tensions, the sensitivity of target agency(ies), and previous experience with similar situations. Advice shall be solicited, when possible, from the GSA buildings manager, from the appropriate Federal Protective Service official, and from Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.

(b) When there is immediate danger to persons or property, such as fire, explosion, or the discovery of an explosive device (not Including a bomb threat), occupants shall be evacuated or relocated in accordance with the plan without consultation. This shall be accomplished by sounding the fire alarm system or by other appropriate means.

(c) When there is advance notice of an emergency, the Designated Official shall initiate appropriate action according to the plan.

(d) After normal duty hours, the senior Federal official present shall represent the Designated Official or his/her alternates and shall initiate action to cope with emergencies in accordance with the plans.





Title 29 Part 1910.38

1910.38 Employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans.

(a) Emergency action plan-(1) Scope and application. This paragraph (a) applies to all emergency action plans required by a particular OSHA standard. The emergency action plan shall be in writing (except as provided in the last sentence of paragraph (a)(5)(iii) of this section) and shall cover those designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.

(2) Elements. The following elements, at a minimum, shall be included in the plan:

(i) Emergency escape procedures and emergency escape route assignments;

(ii) Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate;

(iii) Procedures to account for all employees after emergency evacuation has been completed;

(iv) Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them;

(v) The preferred means of reporting fires and other emergencies; and

(vi) Names or regular job titles of persons or departments who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.

(3) Alarm system. (i) The employer shall establish an employee alarm system which complies with 1910.165.

(ii) If the employee alarm system is used for alerting fire brigade members, or for other purposes, a distinctive signal for each purpose shall be used.

(4) Evacuation. The employer shall establish in the emergency action plan the types of evacuation to be used in emergency circumstances.

 (5) Training. (i) Before implementing the emergency action plan, the employer shall designate and train a sufficient number of persons to assist in the safe and orderly emergency evacuation of employees.

(ii) The employer shall review the plan with each employee covered by the plan at the following times:

(A) Initially when the plan is developed,

(B) Whenever the employee's responsibilities or designated actions under the plan change, and

(C) Whenever the plan is changed.

(iii)The employer shall review with each employee upon initial assignment those parts of the plan which the employee must know to protect the employee in the event of an emergency. The written plan shall be kept at the workplace and made available for employee review. For those employers with 10 or fewer employees the plan may be communicated orally to employees and the employer need not maintain a written plan.

(b) Fire prevention plan-(l) Scope and application. This paragraph (b) applies to all fire prevention plans required by a particular OSHA standard. The fire prevention plan shall be in writing, except as provided in the last sentence of paragraph (b)(4)(ii) of this section.

(2) Elements. The following elements, at a minimum, shall be included in the fire prevention plan:

(i) A list of the major workplace fire hazards and their proper handling and storage procedures, potential ignition sources (such as welding, smoking and, others) and their control procedures, and the type of fire protection equipment or systems which can control a fire involving them;

(ii) Names or regular job titles of those personnel responsible for maintenance of equipment and systems installed to prevent or control ignitions or fires; and

(iii) Names or regular job titles of those personnel responsible for control of fuel source hazards.

(3) Housekeeping. The employer shall control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency. The




 This appendix serves as a nonmandatory guideline to assist employers in complying with the appropriate requirements of subpart E.

1910.38 Employee emergency plans.

 1. Emergency action plan elements. The emergency action plan should address emergencies that the employer may reasonably expect in the workplace. Examples are: fire; toxic chemical releases; hurricanes; tornadoes; blizzards; floods; and others. The elements of the emergency action plan presented in paragraph 1910.38(a)(2) can be supplemented by the following to more effectively achieve employee safety and health in an emergency. The employer should list in detail the procedures to be taken by those employees who have been se1ected to remain behind to care for essential plant operations until their evacuation be comes absolutely necessary. Essential plant operations may include the monitoring of plant power supplies, water supplies, and other essential services which cannot be shut down for every emergency alarm. Essential plant operations may also include chemical or manufacturing processes which must be shut down in stages or steps where certain employees must be present to assure that safe shut down procedures are completed.

The use of floor plans or workplace maps which clearly show the emergency escape routes should be included in the emergency action plan. Color coding will aid employees In determining their route assignments.

The employer should also develop and explain in detail what rescue and medical first aid duties are to be performed and by whom. All employees are to be told what actions they are to take in these emergency situations that the employer anticipates may occur in the workplace.

2. Emergency evacuation At the time of an emergency, employees should know what type of evacuation is necessary and what their role is in carrying out the plan. In some cases where the emergency is very grave, total and immediate evacuation of all employees is necessary. In other emergencies, a partial evacuation of nonessential employees with a delayed evacuation of others may be necessary for continued plant operation. In some cases, only those employees in the immediate area of the fire may be expected to evacuate or move to a safe area such as when a local application fire suppression system discharge employee alarm is sounded. Employees must be sure that they know what is expected of them in all such emergency possibilities which have been planned in order to provide assurance of their safety from fire or other emergency.

The designation of refuge or safe areas for evacuation should be determined and identified in the plan. In a building divided into fire zones by fire walls. the refuge area may still be within the same building but in a different zone from where the emergency occurs.

Exterior refuge or safe areas may include parking lots, open fields or streets which are located away from the site of the emergency and which provide sufficient space to accommodate the employees. Employees should be instructed to move away from the exit discharge doors of the building, and to avoid congregating close to the building where they may hamper emergency operations.

3. Emergency action plan training. The employer should assure that an adequate number of employees are available at all times during working hours to act as evacuation wardens so that employees can be swiftly moved from the danger location to the safe areas. Generally, one warden for each twenty employees in the workplace should be able to provide adequate guidance and instruction at the time of a fire emergency. The employees selected or who volunteer to serve as wardens should be trained in the complete workplace layout and the various alternative escape routes from the workplace. All wardens and fellow employees should be made aware of handicapped employees who may need extra assistance, such as using the buddy system, and of haz- ardous areas to be avoided during emergencies. Before leaving, wardens should check rooms and other enclosed spaces in the workplace for employees who may be trapped or otherwise unable to evacuate the area.

After the desired degree of evacuation is completed, the wardens should be able to account for or otherwise verify that all employees are in the safe areas.

In buildings with several places of employment, employers are encouraged to coordinate their plans with the other employers in the building. A building-wide or standardized plan for the whole building is acceptable provided that the employers inform their respective employees of their duties and responsibilities under the plan. The standardized plan need not be kept by each employer in the multi-employer building, provided there is an accessible location within the building where the plan can be reviewed by affected employees. when multi-employer building-wide plans are not feasible, employers should coordinate their plans with the other employers within the building to assure that conflicts and confusion are avoided during times of emergencies. In multi-story buildings where more than one employer is on a single floor, it Is essential that these employers coordinate their plans with each other to avoid conflicts and confusion.

4. fire prevention housekeeping. The standard calls for the control of accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials.

it is the intent of this standard to assure that hazardous accumulations of combustible waste materials are controlled so that a fast developing fire, rapid spread of toxic smoke, or an explosion will not occur. This does not necessarily mean that each room has to be swept each day. Employers and employees should be aware of the hazardous properties of materials In their work. places, and the degree of hazard each poses. Certainly oil soaked rags have to be treated differently than general paper trash in office areas. However, large accumulations of waste paper or corrugated boxes, etc., can pose a significant fire hazard. Accumulations of materials which can cause large fires or generate dense smoke that are easily ignited or may start from spontaneous combustion, are the types of materials with which this standard is concerned. Such combustible materials may be easily ignited by matches, welder's sparks, cigarettes and similar low level energy ignition sources.

5. Maintenance of equipment under the fire prevention plan. Certain equipment is often installed in workplaces to control heat sources or to detect fuel leaks. An example is a temperature limit switch often found on deep-fat food fryers found in restaurants. There may be similar switches for high temperature dip tanks, or flame failure and flashback arrester devices on furnaces and similar heat producing equipment. If these devices are not properly maintained or if they become inoperative, a definite fire hazard exists. Again employees and supervisors should be aware of the specific type of control devices on equipment involved with combustible materials in the workplace and should make sure, through periodic inspection or testing, that these controls are operable. Manufacturers' recommendations should be followed to assure proper maintenance procedures.




 September 30, 1991

 SUBJECT: Posting of Rules and Regulations Regarding Public Buildings

 TO: Directors, Administrative Services Divisions

 This office was recently informed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) that rules and regulations for the government of Federal property should be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to a Federal Facility (18 U.S.C. 930(9). The OIG further noted that an individual could only be federally prosecuted for possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federally owned or leased facility if a prohibitive notice is clearly posted.

 I am, therefore, directing that Rules and Regulations Regarding Public Buildings (copy attached) be posted in all buildings owned or leased by USDA. Permission to post this notice in a leased facility should be received from the lessor first.

Any questions regarding this subject should be directed to James Sober, Real Property Management Division on 447-5225.


Acting Director







Central Office

General Services Administration

Office of Physical Security & Law Enforcement - PS

18th and F Streets, NW.,

Room 2306

Washington, DC 20405

 FAX: (202) 501-1998 Comm: (202) 501-0887


National Capital Region

GSA, Federal Protective Division - WPS

Building 159 E. Room 211

Southeast Federal Center

Third and M. Streets, SE.

Washington, DC 20407

FAX: (202) 690-9108


Region 2

GSA, Law Enforcement Branch - 2PS

26 Federal Plaza, Room 17-130

New York, NY 10278

 FAX: (212) 264-9803 Comm: (212) 264-4252


 Region 3

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 3PS

Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square Room 717

Philadelphia, PA 19107

FAX: (215) 656-6065


Region 4

GSA, Law Enforcement Branch - 4PS

Peachtree Summit Building

401 West Peachtree Street, NW., Suite 2339

Atlanta, GA 30365-2550

FAX: (404) 331-1106 Comm: (404) 331-5132


Region 5

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 5PS

Kluczynski Federal Building

230 South Dearborn Street, Room 2540

Chicago, IL 60604

FAX: (312) 353-0143 Comm: (312) 353-1496


Region 6

GSA, Law Enforcement Branch - 6PS

1500 East Bannister Road, Room 2137

Kansas City, MO 64131-3088


FAX: (816) 926-5751 Comm: (816) 926-7025


Region 7

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 7PS

819 Taylor Street, Room 14A14

Fort Worth, TX 76102

 FAX: FTS 334-8490 Comm: (817) 334-3559


Region 8

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 8PS

Building, Denver Federal Center

Post Office Box 25546

Denver, CO 80225-0546

 FAX: (303) 236-7711 Comm: (303) 236-5869


 Region 9

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 9PS

525 Market Street, 30th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

FAX: (415) 484-5553 Comm: (415) 744-5090


Region 10

GSA, Federal Protective Service Division - 1OPS

400 15th Street, SW

Auburn, WA 98001

FAX: (206) 553-7195 Comm: (206) 553-1885