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Fire Prevention and Protection Plan - 701.17

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Fire Prevention and Protection Plan
Policy Number: 701.17
Effective Date: February 13, 2014

Policy:

The purpose of this policy is to outline the fire prevention plan in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations [29 CFR 1910.38(b)].
It is the policy of the university to notify all employees of the elements of the fire prevention plan and to expect employees to read and understand the information presented in this plan. It is the intent of this plan to provide not only university employees, but also students and visitors, with an appropriate fire prevention plan.

1.0 Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each department head to enforce this policy. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the university’s Human Resources Department.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for notifying students, faculty, and staff of the fire prevention plan through the EHS website. This policy and others can be reviewed by clicking HERE.

2.0 Fire Prevention Plan Elements
2.1 Workplace Fire Hazards and UALR Policy/Maintenance/Monitoring
Arson Security systems (building entry devices, cameras, 24-hour surveillance) in place
Cooking
  • Limited to kitchens or authorized areas
  • Routine inspection and maintenance of cooking appliances
Smoking materials No smoking anywhere on campus
Open flame (i.e., candles/incense) Open flame devices and materials are prohibited in all campus buildings
Electrical (wiring, appliances, and equipment)
  • Routine inspection and maintenance program
  • Use of UL approved equipment
  • Temporary extension cord usage, no multi-plug adapters
Accumulation of combustible materials
  • Routine inspection of campus facilities
  • Maintain clear egress and clearance to electrical/heat sources
Improper handling and storage of combustible/flammable liquids
  • Approved flammable liquid storage cabinets/rooms
  • Hazardous waste disposal program
  • Bonding and grounding
Electric element space heaters No unauthorized space heaters
Hot work hazards (i.e., cutting, welding) Hot work permit policy (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.252)

Environmental Health and Safety conducts fire prevention/protection inspections of all campus facilities monthly, annually, and as requested by departments. Any maintenance and/or corrective actions needed are reported to Facilities Management and corrected.
Representatives of the university’s Residence Life Office conducts periodic inspections of residence hall rooms for electrical hazards, missing/damaged fire safety equipment, obstruction or damage to fire safety equipment, non-functioning smoke detectors, space heaters, and candles. Any maintenance and or corrective action found will be reported to Facilities Management and EHS to take necessary corrective action.

2.2 Fire Protection Equipment/Systems

Buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems which are continually monitored by a third party monitoring station. Buildings not equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems have in place fire suppression systems identified below.

2.2.1 Building Fire Alarm Detection and Notification Systems
  • Smoke and heat detectors
  • Manually activated pull stations
2.2.2 Building Fire Suppression Systems/Sprinkler Systems
  • Water
  • Halon
  • FM 200
  • Commercial kitchen hood exhaust/suppression systems (foam)
  • Standpipe systems
    • Wet
    • Dry
  • Fire extinguishers
    • Multi-purpose dry chemical (Class ABC fires)
    • Water (Class A fires)
    • Carbon dioxide (Class B and C fires)
    • Class D (metals)
2.2.3 Fire Rated Doors and Fire-Resistant Barriers

All buildings include added fire protection by including fire-rated and fire-resistant doors, walls, and barriers in the building’s design.

2.3 Names and Job Titles of Personnel Responsible for Maintenance of Equipment and Systems Installed to Prevent or Control Ignition Sources or Fires
Name Vince Rodgers James Kashak  
Title Director, EHS Life Safety Systems Coordinator  
Dept Facilities Management/EHS Facilities Management/EHS  
Phone 501.371.7602 501.569.8053  
3.0 Housekeeping

The university controls accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency. The following are housekeeping procedures used to control such accumulations:

  • University waste generators follow instructions in the hazardous waste management program posted on the EHS web site and notify EHS for the transportation and disposal of hazardous waste accumulations.
  • Representatives of the university’s Residence Life Office conduct monthly inspections of residence hall rooms for excessive accumulations of combustible materials.
  • The university provides routine and comprehensive housekeeping services for all campus facilities.
3.1 General Fire Safety Requirements and Tips
  • Keep stairwells, exits, and passageways free of obstructions at all times.
  • Keep access to fire protection equipment (pull stations and fire extinguishers) free and clear.
  • Store flammable and combustible liquids in approved storage containers and cabinets.
  • Keep storage 18 inches away from sprinkler deflectors and 24 inches from the ceiling in non-sprinkler buildings.
  • Assure fire doors are unobstructed and not blocked open.
  • Do not “daisy chain” extension cords, i.e. plug one cord into another to extend the cord or create additional plug-ins for appliances.
  • If you are using a space heater, it must be plugged directly into a wall socket and not into an extension cord.
  • Refrigerators must be plugged directly into a wall socket and not into an extension cord.
4.0 Training

All employees will review, upon initial assignment, those parts of the fire prevention plan that they must know to protect themselves in the event of a fire emergency. Records are kept of all training activities documenting the type of training, persons trained, and date of training.

The written plan is kept in EHS and made available for employee review.

4.1 Fire Safety Training Outline
  • Classes of fire
  • Potential fire hazards on the job
  • Fire prevention procedures
  • Building fire protective features
  • How to recognize fire exits
  • Location and types of fire prevention equipment
  • Steps to take in the event of fire or smoke
  • How to use fire extinguishers and their limitations
5.0 Maintenance

Facilities Management and/or a licensed contractor properly maintain equipment and systems installed on heat producing equipment to prevent accidental ignition of combustible materials. Heat producing equipment such as burners, heat exchangers, boilers, ovens, stoves, fryers, etc., are properly maintained and kept clean of flammable residues. In addition, flammables are not stored close to these pieces of equipment.

6.0 Additional Information

For additional information or questions, please contact EHS at 501.371.7602.



Source: Environmental Health and Safety
Revised: November 22, 2010; April 18, 2013; February 13, 2014
Approved By: Environmental Health and Safety Committee, July 22, 2008
Custodian: EHS Committee

Updated 2.17.2014