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TOOL: Model Fire Protection Compliance Program

FIRE PROTECTION COMPLIANCE PROGRAM

MONTHLY MEASURES
STEP 1: SCHEDULED CHECKS—EACH MONTH MAKE SURE YOU:
Action Step Date Done Comments/Results/Corrective Action
Visually inspect portable fire extinguishers
Inspect respiratory protective equipment of fire brigade
STEP 2: UNSCHEDULED RESPONSE ACTIONS—HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS HAPPENED IN THE PAST MONTH:
TRIGGER YES NO RESPONSE CHECKLIST, IF YES
New workers started work [ ] Educate them about fire extinguishers

[ ] Educate them about dangers of fighting incipient fires

[ ] Review the Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) & Emergency Evacuation Plan (EEP) with them

 

Comments:

 

You developed or changed your FPP or EEP [ ] Review the FPP and EEP with all workers covered by the plan and go over the changes

 

Comments:

 

You changed the duties of a worker under the FPP or EEP [ ] Review the FPP/EEP with the worker

[ ] Train worker to use fire extinguishing equipment if he/she’s required to do so under the plan

 

Comments:

 

Hose systems were operational [ ] Inspect the system to assure all of the equipment and hose are in place, available for use and in serviceable condition
You changed fire extinguishing and/or fire protection equipment used [  ] Notify all affected workers of change

[ ] Educate affected workers in use of new equipment

 

Comments:

Concerns about current Program expressed by workers, supervisors, safety committee, etc. [ ] Were concerns thoroughly investigated?

[ ] Did investigation find anything to suggest workers are at increased risk?

 

IF YES: Review the adequacy of current:

 

[ ] Hazard assessment

[ ] EEP

[ ] FPP

[ ] Fire suppression equipment and systems

 

Comments:

 

 

BI-MONTHLY FIRE PROTECTION COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
SCHEDULED CHECK—EVERY 2 MONTHS MAKE SURE YOU:
Action Step Date Done Comments/Results/Corrective Action
Test the reliability and adequacy of non-supervised employee alarm systems
SEMI-ANNUAL FIRE PROTECTION COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
SCHEDULED CHECK—EVERY 6 MONTHS MAKE SURE YOU:
Action Step Date Done Comments/Results/Corrective Action
Check the weight and pressure of refillable containers of fixed extinguishing systems and provide maintenance if the container shows either:

·         > 5% loss in net content or weight; or

·         > 10% loss in pressure

Weigh factory charged nonrefillable containers of fixed extinguishing systems that have no means of pressure indication and replace any that shows  > 5% loss in net weight
List the inspection and maintenance dates on a tag attached to the container or a central location until the container is replaced or checked again, whichever comes first
ANNUAL FIRE PROTECTION COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
SCHEDULED CHECK—EVERY 12 MONTHS MAKE SURE YOU:
Action Step Date Done Comments/Results/Corrective Action
Do a maintenance check on all portable fire extinguishers (other than stored pressure extinguishers)
Record the date of annual maintenance and keep the record for at least a year or life of the shell, whichever is less
Test supervised employee alarm systems for reliability and adequacy
Inspect the equipment of the fire brigade
Inspect hose systems (assuming they haven’t been inspected in the previous 12 months) to assure all equipment and the hose are in place, available for use and in serviceable condition
Unrack and inspect hemp or linen hose on existing hose systems for deterioration and then rerack using a different fold pattern
Perform a main drain flow test on each sprinkler system in use
Have a person knowledgeable in its design and function test the fixed fire extinguishing systems to verify that it’s in good operating condition
Sample the dry chemical supply of all but stored pressure systems of fixed extinguishing systems that use dry chemicals to ensure it’s free of moisture that can cause caking or lumping
Review the training of workers designated to inspect, maintain, operate or repair fixed extinguishing systems and ensure it’s up to date
Provide refresher education on fire extinguisher use and the hazards of fighting incipient fires to any worker who hasn’t received such education in past year
Provide refresher education on the FPP and EEP to any worker who hasn’t received such education in past year
Provide refresher training to any workers required to use fire extinguishing equipment under the FPP or EEP who haven’t received such training in the past 12 months