Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many laws relating to safety at the workplace. It covers many areas and almost all kinds of activities. Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard is one of them. This standard went into effect in late 2004, and is essentially about dealing with fires in shipyard.

The OSHA standard on Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard, which is covered by 29 CFR Part 1910 Subpart P, makes it obligatory for shipyard employers to offer protection to their employees from any fire that could break out in shipyards.

Shipyards are known to be the most injury-prone and fatality causing industry, with a rate of twice that of the next most hazardous profession, construction. It is keeping in mind this fact that OSHA has designed the Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard.

Incorporation with many fire protection standards

The OSHA standard on Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard is incorporated with many National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Employers are required to use the most recent edition of these two as they correspond to their business activity or an old one so long as it is sufficiently protective. From OSHA's perspective, the NFPA standards that correspond to OSHA standards on Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard are equally or perhaps even more protective than OSHA standards.

Highlights of OSHA's Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard

OSHA's Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard fixes responsibilities on the part of the employer about how to ensure a workplace that is free of hazards arising from fire in shipyards. The following are required from an employer:

There should be a fire safety plan in the shipyard which consists of:

  • Ways by which to identify potential and real fire hazards
  • Means of identifying and reporting conditions that could lead to fires
  • Handling alarms
  • Ways of notifying employees about a fire emergency
  • How to inform fire services during a fire accident
  • Plans for carrying out evacuations and ways of accounting for each employee in such a situation
  • Contacting employees families and/or acquaintances, friends during fire emergencies.

Review is a major aspect of the OSHA Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard

This plan should be reviewed with each employee, depending on the employee's status in the organization. This is set out by OSHA Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard. Accordingly, the fire safety plan must be reviewed whenever a new employee joins or an existing employee is assigned a work at a fire-related department when there is a change in duties of the employee. In addition, this safety plan must be within easy access to employees and all relevant people, and should be kept updated

Other requirements from employers

OSHA's Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard has other requirements from employers. These concern:

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