Requirements For Placement, Use, Maintenance And Testing Of Portable Fire Extinguishers – Part 7

Roy Williams

The requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157 apply to the placement, use, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees. Where extinguishers are provided but are not intended for employee use and the employer has both an emergency action plan and a fire prevention plan that meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1910.39 respectively, then only the requirements of paragraphs 1910.157(e) and 1910.157(f) apply.

This 7 part series of articles will provide a summary of each section of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157 to allow the reader with a good understanding of the requirements as they apply to portable fire extinguishers in the workplace. Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157 consists of 6 major section:

  • 1910.157(b) – Exemptions
  • 1910.157(c) – General Requirements
  • 1910.157(d) – Selection and Distribution
  • 1910.157(e) – Inspection, Maintenance and Testing
  • 1910.157(f) – Hydrostatic Testing
  • 1910.157(g) – Training and Education

Part 1 in this series addressed Exemptions to the requirements of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 2 in this series addressed General Requirements of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 3 in this series addressed Selection and Distribution requirements of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 4 in the series addressed Inspection, Maintenance and Testing requirements of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 5 in the series addressed Hydrostatic Testing requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 6 in the series addressed Type of Extinguishers and Hydrostatic Test Interval requirements of  Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157. Part 7 in the series will address Training and Education requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157.

1910.157(g) – Training and Education requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Standard 1910.157

Where an employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting. Employers shall provide the education required in this section upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter. Employers shall provide employees who have been designated to use fire fighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan with training in the use of the appropriate equipment. Employers shall provide the training required in this section upon initial assignment to the designated group of employees and at least annually thereafter.

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