Fire Prevention

Fire PreventionWhat is fire prevention?

Fire prevention is an important component of a health and safety program. A fire prevention program combines engineering, work practice and administrative controls. An effective prevention program will provide your employees with the tools and information they need to work safely and protect themselves and your business from the devastation of fire.

What the law says

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, which gives the Government of Ontario broad powers to make regulations, sets out general principles and duties for the workplace parties, but there is also specific legislation respecting fire prevention including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Ontario Fire Code (O.Reg. 213/07)
  • Ontario Building Code (O.Reg. 350/06)
  • Ontario Regulations for Industrial Establishments:
    • Storage of Flammable Liquids (s.22)
    • Portable containers for dispensing flammable liquids (s.23)
  • Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 (C22.1-C22.1-09)
  • Ontario Electrical Safety Code (24th edition/2009) (Section 18: Hazardous Locations)
  • WHMIS (RBO 1990, Regulation 860)

Contact your health and safety provider for additional information about the legislation that applies to your workplace.

How having a fire prevention program can help your business

Catastrophic losses - human, property and environmental - can have significant impact on your company's production, morale and continued viability. The damage and downtime resulting from even a "small fire" can be detrimental to your company's ability to remain in business.

What you can do

The first thing you can do to protect your employees, your property and the environment from a fire is to do a workplace assessment. You will be evaluating your workplace for:

Next, collect an inventory of all the hazardous materials used in your workplace; this will prove useful in developing your fire prevention plan. Follow this up with a walk-through assessment of your workplace. Your inspection should answer questions such as:

  • Are all sources of ignition identified?
  • Is all wiring properly installed and of approved construction, without extensions or temporary wiring?
  • Are ventilation systems implemented and working properly?
  • Is garbage removed daily or more frequently?
  • Are aisles and floors free of oil and other flammable spills?
  • Is there an approved fire safety plan posted?
  • Is there a spill control procedure posted?

Using the information you have collected, develop a basic floor plan. The results of your workplace assessment will help you determine the need to improve or implement fire prevention and control procedures and/or an emergency plan.

Contact your health and safety association for information on how to develop and implement a fire prevention and control plan that meets the needs of your company and addresses all of the obstacles found in your assessment.

Downloads

Ergonomic Handbook for the Clothing Industry

Ergonomic Handbook for the Clothing Industry

Published by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial Textile Employees, the Institute for Work & Health, and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Inc.

This book looks at conditions in the clothing industry to find out how wrist, shoulder, neck and back injuries can be prevented.
1497 KB pdf
Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

This guideline sets out conditions for effective fire extinguisher use, fire extinguishing methods and types.
334 KB pdf
Fire Protection

Fire Protection

This guideline is designed to help you develop a fire protection program, or to identify areas in your existing program that may need improvement.
377 KB pdf
Flammable Liquids Storage

Flammable Liquids Storage

This guideline is designed to help you store flammable liquids safely in industrial workplaces where they are for incidental use or in closed containers. 
232 KB pdf
Removing Parts with an Oxyacetylene Torch

Removing Parts with an Oxyacetylene Torch

Removing parts with an oxyacetylene torch puts you at risk from welding fumes, flames, and compressed gases, as well as from sharp edges in the parts and from having to work at an awkward posture.
270 KB pdf
Servicing and Storing Compressed Gas Cylinders

Servicing and Storing Compressed Gas Cylinders

This guideline explains the hazards associated with the servicing and storage of compressed gas cylinders and provides safe work guidelines to avoid risk of injury.
271 KB pdf
Static Electricity

Static Electricity

This guideline sets out the sources of static electricity, its hazards, control measures and applicable legislation.
693 KB pdf

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

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E-Courses

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Fire Safety: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Learn the basics of fire safety to recognize fire hazards and act safely.
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Fire Safety: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Fire Safety: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Learn the basics of fire safety to recognize fire hazards and act safely.
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Articles

Sunrise Propane: hard lessons for everyone

Sunrise Propane: hard lessons for everyone

The infamous 2008 Sunrise Propane explosions in Toronto's Downsview neighbourhood continue to reverberate as explosions occurred on May 7 at a propane facility in nearby Brampton. Earlier that same day, an Ontario judge began hearing sentencing submissions involving Sunrise Propane directors who had been found guilty of nine offences, including three under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Sentencing submissions will continue in October.

May 08, 2014