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Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year.

In 1995, more than 75,000 workplace fires cost businesses more than $2.3 billion.

"Fires wreak havoc among workers and their families and destroy thousands of businesses each year, putting people out of work and severely impacting their livelihoods," said then Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich (1996, October 8). 
 
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Industrial Safety - Fire Safety

When OSHA conducts workplace inspections, it checks to see whether employers are complying with OSHA standards for fire safety. OSHA standards require employers to provide proper exits, fire fighting equipment, emergency plans, and employee training to prevent fire deaths and injuries in the workplace.


We have developed a Fire Safety program for your company, that covers all needed OSHA standards that pertain to Fire Safety. Through powerpoint presentation, lecture and walk through inspection, IEME personnel can bring your company in compliance with OSHA Fire Safety Standards.

Our instructors have numerous years of teaching in fire safety as well as work in the fire service. 


Common Questions:


What should employers do to protect workers from fire hazards?
Employers should train workers about fire hazards in the workplace and about what to
do in a fire emergency. If you want your workers to evacuate, you should train them on how to
escape. If you expect your workers to use firefighting equipment, you should give them
appropriate equipment and train them to use the equipment safely. (See Title 29 of the Code
of Federal Regulations Part 1910 Subparts E and L; and Part 1926 Subparts C and F.)


What does OSHA require for emergency fire exits?
Every workplace must have enough exits suitably located to enable everyone to get out
of the facility quickly. Considerations include the type of structure, the number of persons
exposed, the fire protection available, the type of industry involved, and the height and type
of construction of the building or structure. In addition, fire doors must not be blocked or
locked when employees are inside. Delayed opening of fire doors, however, is permitted
when an approved alarm system is integrated into the fire door design. Exit routes from
buildings must be free of obstructions and properly marked with exit signs. See 29 CFR
Part 1910.36 for details about all requirements.


Do employers have to provide portable fire extinguishers?
No. But if you do, you must establish an educational program to familiarize your workers
with the general principles of fire extinguisher use. If you expect your workers to use portable
fire extinguishers, you must provide hands-on training in using this equipment. For details, see
29 CFR Part 1910 Subpart L.

 

 

If you have any questions or to schedule a Fire Service Course at your location, please contact Scott Bumpus Training & Equipment Rep. by phone at 339-502-5050 x-214 or by e-mail at [email protected]

 



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