We wrote recently about the financial penalties that are often levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for employers who do not provide adequate fire protection for their workers. These citations can be disastrous for a small company that doesn’t have the funds to absorb such a loss, which is why it is important for these firms to consult with an Atlanta alarm company to learn the necessary safeguards to avoid such fines.
OSHA has many fire safety standards with regard to fire protection and the agency will likely check to ensure that you’re in compliance. Here are a few of the regulations they may check when inspecting your facility:
- Anticipate the type of fires that may occur depending on what industry you work in, as this will determine the class of extinguishers you’ll need for your building.
- Each class has its own OSHA distribution requirements. For example, class “A” fire extinguishers should be distributed such that no part of the protected area is more than 75 feet from an extinguisher. For class “B”, the distance is no more than 50 feet.
- Portable extinguishers should be inspected annually, and the maintenance date needs to be recorded on the unit.
These are just a few of the hundreds of standards with which you will need to comply with as an employer. To ensure that you have a good fire protection plan in place, we highly recommend contacting an Atlanta fire alarm monitoring service to have an alarm installed on your property. For more information, call American Alarm at (770) 645-0061.