Section 1.0: Management


The effectiveness of a fire prevention and emergency preparedness program is directly related to management's commitment and involvement. Management must establish policy, procedures and actively participate in fire drills, training, and inspections. Failure to do so can mean that the lives of employees, and the business itself, are at risk.


1.1. Management should establish an overall written program to address fire hazard and preparedness for emergencies.
1.2. Managers, supervisors, and employees must be knowledgeable and informed of fire prevention procedures. Fire protection procedures for employees should include (See sections for more information):
  • Hot work permits
  • Storage and handling of combustible materials
  • Housekeeping
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire hazard identification
1.3. All employees must understand basic emergency action plans:
  • Alarms
  • Emergency shutdown
  • Evacuation routes
  • Assembly areas
1.4. Emergency drills test the effectiveness of the emergency preparedness plan.   Management and employees must rehearse their emergency action plans.  At a minimum, an annual drill should be conducted in each department.
1.5. Emergency preparedness drills and inspections of facility emergency alarms, exit doors, emergency lighting, and other equipment must be conducted on a routine basis.
1.6. Fire protection must be audited to assess their effectiveness procedures (e.g., hotwork and storage and handling of flammable materials).
1.7. A coordinator should be designated to assist management in assuring that all elements of the fire protection and emergency preparedness program are in place and working.
1.8. The coordinator should have an understanding of emergency preparedness planning and all elements of the facility's fire protection plan.
1.9. All fires must be investigated in order to identify causes and a strategy for preventing recurrence.
1.10. Management must enforce all policies and procedures as necessary to maintain compliance.

Consideration must be given to all personnel that are on site.

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Table of Contents

Getting Started
Survey Checklists

Reference Guide

Appendix I
Sources of Information & Assistance

Appendix II

Appendix III
Review of Basic Fire Hazards

Appendix IV
Facility Survey

Appendix V
Selected NFPA Reference Codes

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