First line supervisors should conduct work site surveys of their area on a regular basis, at least quarterly. These surveys should include observations of work site safety and housekeeping issues and should specifically address:
- Proper storage of chemicals and supplies
- Monitoring of electrical equipment, extension cords
- Availability and condition of fire safety equipment
- Unobstructed access to fire extinguishers
- Emergency evacuation routes.
Also, they should ensure that an emergency evacuation plan is present in work areas and that personnel are familiar with the plan. Emergency egress should be kept clear and every exit clearly visible or the route to it conspicuously identified in such a manner that occupants of the building will readily know the direction of escape from any point. Main building exit and main pathways to exits are to be marked by illuminated exit signs. Each exit sign (other than internally illuminated signs) are to be illuminated by a reliable light. All building or business safety equipment (extinguishers, fire hoses, exit signs, emergency lab equipment, etc.) need to be inspected at least annually and repaired or replaced if inoperative, damaged or missing. At no time should an exit be blocked. Any doorway or passageway which is not an exit or access to an exit but which may be mistaken for an exit, must be identified by a sign reading "Not An Exit" or a sign indicating its actual use (i.e., "Storeroom"). For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.