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Seventeen states currently have E911 legislation requiring enterprises over a certain size, occupying multiple floors of a building or those purchasing a new PBX to implement E911 to protect their employees and visitors. Several additional states are considering their own version of legislation. Military bases have an initiative to be compliant by end of 2014.
It’s great news when a multi-state enterprise implements E911 in a legislated state, but what about employees working for that same company in non-legislated states? They, too, deserve to be protected. OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) dictates that an employer has an absolute obligation to provide a safe workplace and creation of an emergency action plan is a statutory requirement. One might infer that providing E911 services to some employees and not others constitutes a discriminatory practice?
Penalties for non-compliance for either E911 legislation or non-compliance with OSHA rules and regulations can be extreme in some cases including daily fines of between $7,000 and $70,000 for non-compliance with OSHA rules and regulations.
Despite this knowledge, and with the economic downturn, many organizations have put E911 and emergency response plans on the back burner due to the costs of implementation. But many E911 providers offer low cost, cloud based solutions to mitigate the costs of E911 implementation. Cloud solutions can be easy to install and require no capital costs, servers, to buy, or maintenance to purchase. With many low cost, cloud-based solutions to choose from, companies can no longer use cost as an excuse not to implement an E911 program.