OSHA Fire Protection and Prevention Safety Training
Online Training Certification Course 29 CFR 1926 Subpart F
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This course is designed to assist both employers and employees to achieve compliance with OSHA standards regarding fire safety. Fire prevention and fire protection are critical elements of a safe workplace. Comprehensive training in both areas ensures that worksite personnel know how to plan for a potential fire, prevent fires from happening, and response steps when a fire breaks out.
What are the governing regulations? This course presents an overview of fire prevention and safety. It focuses on 29 CFR 1926 Subpart F ("Fire Protection and Prevention"), and also includes some important aspects of fire safety from subparts of 29 CFR 1910.
Who should take this course? This course will instruct all employers, supervisors and workers on what to do should a fire occur in the workplace. This includes how to develop fire safety and emergency plans, identify fire hazards and how to avoid fires by controlling these hazards and the equipment needed to combat fires if it is appropriate and when it is appropriate to evacuate to safety.
Case Study: In 1991, a fire broke out in a Hamlet, North Carolina, Imperial Food Products plant when a fryer ignited. The flames spread by way of the grease left on the building's floors. The building's sprinkler system failed leaving employees to struggle through billowing smoke in order to find the exits, only to find some of them locked. Overcome by carbon monoxide, the employees collapsed, their bodies in piles on the factory floor. Of the 81 employees present that day, 25 died and 40 were injured. Eighty years after the United States vowed to protect its workers after the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the nation was left asking itself again, "How could something so tragic happen?" A 2017 book by Temple University professor Bryant Simon titled The Hamlet Fire: The Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives examines this question. Simon agrees that locked doors and lack of safety drills contributed to the loss of life. However, he suggests that much more was at work to cause such a tragedy: a lack of enforcement of regulations, the demand for cheap labor, a "culture of silence and intimidation" from workers and management, and a general trend in the United States of devaluing workers and their safety.
Key Takeaway: No worksite is immune from fire hazards. Implement and follow the safety policies set forth by OSHA.
According to 29 CFR 1926.21 Safety training and education:
(b) Employer responsibility. (2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
It is our recommendation that workers be retrained on Trenching and Excavation Safety at least every three years.