Osha's Fire Safety | Osha's Fire Safety Rules


As the federal government agency responsible for setting the national safety and health standards for workers, OSHA has established standards addressing each of the three key elements of fire safety:

1. fire prevention

2. the safe evacuation of the workplace in the event of fire, and

3. Protection of workers fighting fires or working around equipment for fire-repression.

These issues are addressed in 29 C.F.R. § 1910 through a variety of detailed OSHA rules applicable to the general industry (all businesses except construction, shipbuilding, and longshoring).


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OSHA has adopted a number of fire-protection and workplace prevention standards. The following list summarizes the 29 C.F.R. § 1910 standards for fire protection and prevention:

General Industry Rules

1910, Occupational Safety and Health Standards 

1910.36, Design and construction requirements for exit routes 

1910.37, Maintenance of exit routes, safeguards, and operational features

1910.38, Emergency-action plans 1910.94, Ventilation 

1910.103, Hydrogen 

1910.104, Oxygen 

1910.106, Flammable and combustible liquids 

1910.107, Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials 

1910.108, Dip tanks containing flammable or combustible liquids 

1910.109, Explosives and blasting agents 

1910.110, Storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gases 

1910.111, Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia 

1910.119, Process-safety management of highly hazardous chemicals 

1910.120, Hazardous-waste operations and emergency response 

1910.178, Powered industrial trucks

1910.252, General requirements 

1910.253, Oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting 

1910.255, Resistance welding 

1910.261, Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 

1910.263, Bakery equipment 

1910.265, Sawmills 

1910.266, Logging operations 

1910.269, Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution 

1910.272, Grain-handling facilities 

1910.305, Weaving methods, components, and general-purpose equipment

1910.308, Special systems 

1910.1200, Hazard communication (HAZCOM)