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Emergency Preparedness

Fire and Explosion Planning Matrix

Do you Need an Emergency Action Plan?

Does Your Facility Need a Fire Prevention Plan?

This checklist is provided only to identify an employer's need to develop a fire prevention plan in compliance with OSHA's Fire Prevention Plan Standard (29 CFR 1910.39). It DOES NOT alert you to other OSHA standards that may be associated with your fire prevention plan or to additional OSHA standards (e.g., other relevant Subpart E standards, Flammable and Combustible Liquids (1910.106) standard, etc.) that apply to your facility.

QUESTION YES NO
Whether or not fire extinguishers are provided in the workplace, are all employees required to evacuate immediately when a fire alarm sounds?    
Are you required to comply with 29 CFR 1910.1047 Ethylene Oxide?    
Are you required to comply with 29 CFR 1910.1050 Methylenedianiline?    
Are you required to comply with 29 CFR 1910.1051 1,3-Butadiene?    
If you answered "YES" to any one of the questions above, you are required to develop a fire prevention plan in compliance with the Fire Prevention Plan Standard (29 CFR 1910.39). Review the Compliance Policy for Emergency Action Plans and Fire Prevention Plans (CPL 2-1.037) for a more complete discussion of the application of an employer's obligations under 29 CFR 1910.39.

OSHA provides guidance to help employers develop fire prevention plans. Some of these resources are the non-mandatory Appendix to Subpart E - Means of Egress, OSHA's Safety and Health Topics: Fire Safety web page

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