The purpose of this Fire Prevention Plan is to eliminate the causes of fire, prevent loss of life and property by fire, and to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standard on fire prevention, 29 CFR 1910.39. It provides employees with information and guidelines that will assist them in recognizing, reporting, and controlling fire hazards.
It describes the fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on site that could initiate or contribute both to the spread of a fire, as well as the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems, in place to control the ignition or spread of a fire.
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This Fire Prevention Plan serves to reduce the risk of fires at your workplace in the following ways:
Fire safety is everyone's responsibility. All employees should know how to prevent and respond to fires, and are responsible for adhering to company policy regarding fire emergencies.
Management: Management determines fire prevention and protection policies. Managers should provide adequate hazard controls to provide a safe workplace. Managers should also provide adequate resources and training to employees to encourage fire prevention and the safest possible response in the event of a fire emergency.
Plan Administrator: This person maintains all records pertaining to the plan. The Plan Administrator should also:
Supervisors: Supervisors ensure that employees receive appropriate fire safety training. Supervisors should notify the plan administrator when changes in operation increase the risk of fire. They are also responsible for enforcing fire prevention and protection policies.
Employees: All employees should complete all required training before working without supervision. It's important that employees also:
To limit the risk of fires, good (safe) housekeeping is critical. All employees should take the following precautions:
Of course, everyone should be properly trained, and the plan should be exercised regularly. Another key component is to make sure FPP equipment is properly maintained.
The plan administrator or another assigned person should ensure that all tools, equipment and machinery are maintained according to manufacturers' specifications.
Management should ensure everyone complies with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes for specific equipment. Only properly trained individuals should perform maintenance work.
The following equipment is subject to the maintenance, inspection, and testing procedures:
A fire prevention plan must be in writing, be kept in the workplace, and be made available to employees for review. However, according to OSHA, if you have 10 or fewer employees you may communicate the plan orally to employees.
At a minimum, your fire prevention plan must include:
An employer must inform employees upon initial assignment to a job of the fire hazards to which they are exposed. An employer must also review with each employee those parts of the fire prevention plan necessary for self-protection.