Guideline for Inspecting Portable Fire Extinguishers to make sure your program is meeting OSHA requirements

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OSHA 29 CFR 1910,157 is very specific regarding placement, use, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees. Unless your facility meets the exemptions criteria the general requirements are:

  • The employer shall provide portable fire extinguishers and shall mount, locate and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury
  • Only approved portable fire extinguishers shall be used
  • The employer shall not provide or make available in the workplace portable fire extinguishers using carbon tetrachloride or chlorobromomethane extinguishing agents
  • The employer shall assure that portable fire extinguishers are maintained in a fully charged and operable condition and kept in their designated places at all times except during use
  • The employer shall remove from service all soldered or riveted shell self-generating soda acid or self-generating foam or gas cartridge water type portable fire extinguishers which are operated by inverting the extinguisher to rupture the cartridge or to initiate an uncontrollable pressure generating chemical reaction to expel the agent

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