Survey Checklists

Management Responsibilities
Reference Guide: Section 1.0
1.1. Has management established a written fire prevention and emergency preparedness program?        
1.2. Are managers, supervisors, and employees trained on fire prevention procedures?        
1.3. Are all employees properly trained on fire emergency preparedness plans?        
1.4. Are emergency drills conducted at least on an annual basis?        
1.5. Are evaluations and inspections conducted on fire emergency preparedness plans, exits, and emergency equipment?        
1.6. Are fire prevention procedures audited?        
1.7. Has a coordinator been designated to administer the overall fire prevention procedures and emergency preparedness plans?        
1.8. Has the coordinator received training on fire emergency preparedness plans and fire prevention procedures?        
1.9. Are fires investigated to determine root causes and examined to prevent reoccurrence?        
1.10. Does management enforce fire protection and emergency preparedness plans?        
1.11. Is there a procedure for informing visitors and on-site contractors on emergency procedures?        
Fire Emergency Planning
Reference Guide: Section 2.0
2.1. Is there a written fire emergency preparedness plan?        
2.2. Does the emergency preparedness plan cover the following?        
  a. Facility Information:        
  Type of production        
  Major fire risk hazards        
  Size of workforce        
  Hours of operation        
  b. How to report a fire        
  c. Alarms or signals to alert people        
  e. Listing and posting of emergencyphone numbers:        
  Plant Security        
  Plant Operator        
  Local fire department        
  Hospitals & ambulances        
  Police Departments        
  Plant emergency team
  Emergency agencies        
  Utility services        
  f. Response procedures for management and employees        
  g. Responsibilities / strategy forhandling fires        
  h. Detection and alarm systems identified        
  i. Diagrams of critical information:        

*Evacuation routes

  *Assembly areas        
  *Fire extinguisher locations        
  *First aid/medical kit
  *Command center        
  *Alarm pull box locations        
  *Emergency fuel cut-off valve locations        
  *Utility supply valve /
switch locations
  *Fire sprinkler valve
  *Water supply valve
  *Fire pump station        
  *Fire fighting equipment for Fire Brigade        
  j. Assembly Areas        
  k. Search and rescue procedures        
  l. Emergency shutdown procedures        
  m. Recovery strategy        
2.3. Have emergency escape routes been posted and communicated to all employees?        
2.4. Are emergency shutdown procedures established? If yes, have employees been drilled on these procedures?        
2.5. Is the employee alarm system that provides a warning for emergency action recognizable and perceptible in all areas during emergency conditions?        
2.6. Are alarm systems and fire protection equipment properly maintained and tested regularly?        
2.7. Is the emergency preparedness plan reviewed and revised periodically?        
2.8. Are emergency evacuation routes posted and kept clear of obstacles?        
2.9. Does the plant conduct emergency evacuation drills?        
Reference Guide: Section 3.0
3.1. Are the directions to emergency exits marked with visible signs?        
3.2. Are emergency exit paths and doors unobstructed and wide enough to accommodate the safe evacuation of employees?        
3.3. Are all emergency exits illuminated and marked with an exit sign?        
3.4. Are doors, passageways or those which could be mistaken for emergency exits, appropriately marked "NOT AN EXIT", "TO BASEMENT, "STOREROOM", etc.?        
3.5. Are emergency exit doors side-hinged and free/unobstructed to open?        
3.6. Are revolving, sliding, or overhead doors prohibited from serving as a required emergency exit door?        
3.7. Are emergency exit doors able to be opened from the direction of exit travel, without the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort, when the building is occupied?        
3.8. Where emergency exit doors open directly onto any street, alley, or other area where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent employees from stepping into the path of traffic?        
3.9. Are all emergency exits, doors, and passageways kept free of obstructions?        
3.10. Are there at least two remotely located emergency exits provided for each employee to permit prompt escape?        
3.11. Are special precautions taken to maintain emergency exits during construction and repair operations?        
3.12. Are exit stairways clear of obstructions?        
3.13. Is the emergency exit path outside of the building clear of obstructions?        
3.14. Are emergency lights installed and tested to assure illumination of exit paths?        
3.15. Are employees trained on emergency building evacuation?        
Housekeeping & Inspection
Reference Guide: Section 4.0
4.1. Has a checklist been developed to target fire hazards?        
4.2. Are inspections documented and corrective action taken on deficiencies found during the inspection?        
4.3. Is trash stored in proper containers and removed on a regular basis?        
4.4. Is the area free of unnecessary combustible material?        
4.5. Are the floor areas kept clean from spills and materials?        
4.6. Are materials properly stored inside and outside of the building?        
4.7. Are empty pallets properly placed in storage areas?        
4.8. Are designated smoking areas for employees established?        
Fire Extinguishers
Reference Guide: Section 5.0
5.1. Are portable fire extinguishers provided in adequate numbers and types?        
5.2. Are fire extinguishers fully charged and regularly inspected?        
5.3. Are employees that are expected to use fire extinguishers trained annually in the use of extinguishers and fire protection procedures?        
5.4. Are fire extinguisher locations plainly marked?        
5.5. Is fire extinguisher access unobstructed?        
5.6. If a Halon fire extinguisher is used to flood rooms, can employees evacuate before discharge of extinguisher?        
5.7. Are fire extinguishers mounted so that employees do not have to travel more than 75 feet for an ordinary combustible material, or 50 feet for flammable materials?        
Flammables & Combustibles
Reference Guide: Section 6.0
6.1. Are employees properly trained on proper handling and use of flammable and combustible materials?        
6.2. Are combustible scrap, debris, and waste materials (e.g., oily rags) stored in covered metal receptacles and removed from the worksite promptly?        
6.3. Are approved containers and tanks used for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids?        
6.4. Are all flammable liquids kept in sealed containers when not in use and properly stored in approved containers?        
6.5. Are bulk drums and containers of flammable liquids grounded and bonding straps for dispensing cans?        
6.6. Do storage rooms for flammable and combustible liquids have appropriate electrical fixtures for lights, switches, etc.?        
6.7. Do storage rooms for flammable and combustible liquids have mechanical or gravity ventilation?        
6.8. Is vacuuming used whenever possible, rather than blowing or sweeping combustible dust?        
6.9. Is the transfer/withdrawal/transporta-tion of flammable or combustible liquids performed by trained personnel?        
6.10. Are "NO SMOKING" signs posted and enforced, where appropriate, in areas where flammable or combustible materials are used or stored?        
6.11. Are all spills of flammable or combustible liquids cleaned up promptly and properly?        
Electrical Equipment
Reference Guide: Section 7.0
7.1. Is exposed wiring in good condition, properly supported and protected from physical hazards?        
7.2. Are wires properly attached to fixtures, plugs, circuit breakers, and other equipment?        
7.3. Are all junction boxes, outlets, and panel boards properly covered and secured?        
7.4. Are motors kept free of dust, grease, oil, and fibers?        
7.5. Is electrical equipment approved for use in hazardous areas?        
7.6. Are approved portable heaters clear of combustible materials and properly secured?        
7.7. Does the site have an electrical maintenance program?        
7.8. Is there an electrician available to support the site?        
7.9. Does the site have a lightning protection system?        
7.10. Is grounding or double insulation provided for all electrical equipment?        
Compressed Gas & Cylinders
Reference Guide: Section 8.0
8.1. Are valve protectors always placed on cylinders when the cylinders are not in use?        
8.2. Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the type of gas contained, and those that are empty?        
8.3. Are compressed gas cylinders stored and used in areas which are protected from external heat sources such as flame impingement, intensive radiant heat, electric arcs or high-temperature lines?        
8.4. Are cylinders located or stored in areas where they will not be damaged or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons?        
8.5. Are cylinders stored or transported in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tipping, falling, or rolling?        
8.6. Are cylinders containing liquefied fuel gas stored or transported in a position so that the safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder?        
8.7. Are all valves closed before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty, and at the completion of each job?        
8.8. Are cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks, or other defects that might indicate a weakness or render them unfit for service?        
8.9. Are only approved apparatuses (torches, regulators, pressure-reducing valves, acetylene generators, manifolds) used?        
8.10. Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or supports?        
8.11. Are oxygen cylinders separated from fuel gas cylinders or combustible materials?        
Hot-Work Permit
Reference Guide: Section 9.0
9.1. Is a hot-work permit procedure established for operations using flames or producing sparks?        
9.2. Has a survey been conducted to identify hazardous areas for hot-work?        
9.3. Are these hazardous areas posted?        
9.4. Are inspections done to identify and remove hazards before hot-work is started?        
9.5. Are fire watches established to observe hot-work in progress?        
9.6. Are fire watches posted for at least 30 to 60 minutes after the hot-work is performed?        
9.7. Are fire extinguishers placed near the hot-work area?        
9.8. Are contractors required to use a hot-work permit?        
9.9. Are proper electrical connections and cables provided for electrical and welding equipment?        
Spraying Operations
Reference Guide: Section 10.0
10.1. Is adequate ventilation assured to prevent accumulation of flammable vapors during spraying operations?        
10.2. Is the spray area at least 20 feet from flames, sparks, operating electrical motors, hot surfaces, and other ignition sources?        
10.3. Are explosion-proof apparatus (wiring, lights, switches, etc.) in place where flammable paints, lacquers, and finishes are used?        
10.4. Are fire control sprinkler heads kept clean?        

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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