Fire extinguishers are used at the office to control tiny fires or to facilitate escape if a fire is obstructing an escape path. Until the company has established and executed a written fire safety policy that demands the immediate and total evacuation of employees in the office in case of a fire and involves an emergency action plan which fulfills the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and a fire prevention program which satisfies the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.39, extinguishers must be given at work. Additionally, irrespective of whether an employer has the essential emergency action and fire prevention programs, fire extinguishers should be provided in case a certain OSHA law needs they are supplied (as is the case in certain situations when welding has been performed).
When deciding where to put fire extinguishers, you have to ascertain which sort of fire could occur in a particular region and the amount of hazard. The OSHA requirements for fire extinguisher supply are as follow: Extinguishers for Class A fires must be placed such that workers will need to travel no longer than 75 ft to make it to the fire extinguisher. Extinguishers for Class B fires must be placed such that workers will need to travel no longer than 50 ft to make it to the fire extinguisher.
Inspection, Care and Testing
If you decide to provide fire extinguishers at work, you must institute a program. The OSHA requirements for review, maintenance and testing of fire extinguishers contain:
- All fire extinguishers at work has to be inspected, maintained and analyzed.
- The extinguishers must be inspected a month. This review should include ensuring there is clear access into the extinguisher so an employee can quickly reach it in case of a fire and the extinguisher remains in place, has not been ruined and seems to be in working order (if the extinguisher has a judge, it reveals as complete and the safety pin remains in place-indicating the fire extinguisher has not yet been used). Fire extinguishers which missing or are damaged ought to be replaced.
- Perform a yearly maintenance check on binh chua chay. An evaluation of pressure extinguishers is not required. The date of this maintenance checks ought to be recorded along with the record of this test ought to be kept for a year following the previous entry or the lifetime of their shell, whichever is less. Additionally, you are expected to empty and keep dry chemical extinguishers (which demand a 12-year hydrostatic test) every six decades. (Dry chemical extinguishers which have nonrefillable, disposable containers are exempt from this requirement) Be aware that if recharging or hydrostatic testing is done, the six-year requirement starts from this date.
- Supply a replacement extinguisher when fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance and recharging.