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Fire Prevention in the Workplace



By: Ron Parker STS,CHST

In my last article I closed with “fire prevention is the best tool for fire safety”.  Let’s discuss some fire prevention tips for the workplace.

Training for how to prevent a fire is proactive and can save lives and damage to property.  However training is just a start.  There should be designated personnel in the form of a fire brigade to practice what actions will be taken in the event of a fire.  Mock fires and mock fire drills should be conducted periodically.  I suggest monthly but not longer than quarterly. 

Elimination of fire hazards can be done by each worker before, during and after their tasks are being accomplished.  The safety professional, while doing his/her daily safety audits, should recognize and eliminate any fire hazards.  A few things to look for are:

Preparing for emergencies in the event of a fire is paramount.  Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address at strategic locations.  Have a designated assembly area and when assembled, the safety professional should perform a headcount to ensure no one is left unaccounted.  This also can be done during a mock fire drill.

Evacuate safely to prevent injuries during evacuation.  Do not use elevators during evacuation.  Always keep fire doors closed.

My suggestion would be to read and understand Subpart F,1926.151 0f the 29 CFR 1926 OSHA construction industry regulations.



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