FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING AND EDUCATION
I know what you’re thinking, fire extinguishers? Give me a break! Aren’t they pretty much self-explanatory? That’s what I was thinking at first. But have you ever used an extinguisher? Most people haven’t. Below is the suggested fire extinguisher program straight from OSHA.
“If you are not currently providing fire extinguisher training to your employees as required by OSHA this training should be commensurate with the fire potential associated with your operation. Employees not part of a fire brigade still need to be familiar with the operation in the event they need to use one to assist in their own evacuation.
1. Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use
in the workplace, the employee shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees
with the general principle of fire extinguisher use and hazards involved with incipient stage
2. The employer shall provide the education required upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter.
3. The employer shall provide employees who have been designated to use firefighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan with training in the use of the appropriate equipment.
4. This training could be accomplished in one of the following ways: