- Part Number:1910
- Part Number Title:Occupational Safety and Health Standards
- Subpart:1910 Subpart L
- Subpart Title:Fire Protection
- Standard Number:
- Title:Portable fire extinguishers.
- GPO Source:
Where the employer has an emergency action plan meeting the requirements of § 1910.38 which designates certain employees to be the only employees authorized to use the available portable fire extinguishers, and which requires all other employees in the fire area to immediately evacuate the affected work area upon the sounding of the fire alarm, the employer is exempt from the distribution requirements in paragraph (d) of this section.
Selection and distribution.
The employer may use uniformly spaced standpipe systems or hose stations connected to a sprinkler system installed for emergency use by employees instead of Class A portable fire extinguishers, provided that such systems meet the respective requirements of § 1910.158 or § 1910.159, that they provide total coverage of the area to be protected, and that employees are trained at least annually in their use.
Inspection, maintenance and testing.
In addition to an external visual examination, the employer shall assure that an internal examination of cylinders and shells to be tested is made prior to the hydrostatic tests.
|Type of extinguishers||Test interval
|Soda acid (soldered brass shells) (until 1/1/82)||(1)|
|Soda acid (stainless steel shell)||5|
|Cartridge operated water and/or antifreeze||5|
|Stored pressure water and/or antifreeze||5|
|Foam (soldered brass shells) (until 1/1/82)||(1)|
|Foam (stainless steel shell)||5|
|Aqueous Film Forming foam (AFFF)||5|
|Dry chemical with stainless steel||5|
|Dry chemical, stored pressure, with mild steel, brazed brass or aluminum shells||12|
|Dry chemical, cartridge or cylinder operated, with mild steel shells||12|
|Dry powder, cartridge or cylinder operated with mild steel shells||12|
1 Extinguishers having shells constructed of copper or brass joined by soft solder or rivets shall not be hydrostatically tested and shall be removed from service by January 1, 1982. (Not permitted)
Training and education.
[45 FR 60708, Sept. 12, 1980; 46 FR 24557, May 1, 1981, as amended at 51 FR 34560, Sept. 29, 1986; 61 FR 9227, March 7, 1996; 67 FR 67964, Nov. 7, 2002]