This course is intended as an overview of fire safety, including emergency action plans and fire extinguishers.
In 2017, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that there were 1,319,500 fires in the US, causing 3,400 civilian deaths and $23 billion in property damage. In addition, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2017, an estimated 123 people lost their lives on the job due to fire related incidents. Nearly every year, there are large and deadly incidents involving fire. One of the most notable was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in 1911 in which 150 women and young girls died because of locked exits and inadequate fire extinguishing systems. In 1991, 25 workers were killed in Hamlet, North Carolina at a poultry processing plant, due to problems with fire exits and extinguishing systems.
An emergency action plan (EAP) is a written document required by particular OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.38(a). The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies.
The course also covers OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157(g) requirements related to the understanding of portable fire extinguishers, including inspection, maintenance, testing, and use.
Nearly everyone who works in a workplace, especially those who provide fire extinguishers and who may ask personnel to evacuate during an emergency.
Develop an understanding of employee alarm systems, exit routes, fire prevention, and fire detection
Identify different classes of fires
Determine the appropriate type of extinguisher for different fire types
Understand the OSHA requirements for portable fire extinguishers, including inspection, maintenance and testing
Linda R. Taylor, PE
Ms. Taylor is a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 20 years of engineering experience working in industry and environmental consulting, most recently with Progress Energy. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is an OSHA authorized instructor.
Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1 Contact Hour This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.
Fire Extinguisher Training Requirement (Annually):
29 CFR 1910.157(g)(4) The employer shall provide the training required in paragraph (g)(3) of this section upon initial assignment to the designated group of employees and at least annually thereafter.
Emergency Action Plan (Initial and as needed):
1910.38(f) Review of emergency action plan. An employer must review the emergency action plan with each employee covered by the plan:
1910.38(f)(1) When the plan is developed or the employee is assigned initially to a job;
1910.38(f)(2) When the employee's responsibilities under the plan change; and
1910.38(f)(3) When the plan is changed.
Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).
The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.
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