All employers should ensure that there are programs in place with written instructions to provide guidelines for the inspection, testing and maintenance of safety equipment located on the premises or supplied to employees.
Along with a vigilant approach to inspection, recordkeeping must be in compliance with company and government regulations and requirements.
Each location must have a written safety equipment inspection, testing and maintenance program that identifies the equipment and responsible parties.
Necessary training must be provided to people performing inspections and tests and/or contracted personnel must be qualified to perform such testing.
Results of all inspections and tests must be documented. Documentation must be retained as required by company or regulatory requirements.
A written system must exist that ensures all equipment irregularities and failures found during inspections and testing are documented and corrected in a timely fashion.
Inspections/tests must be conducted in accordance with, or more often than, company and regulatory requirements.
The site change management system must include a mechanism for identifying additions, deletions or changes in the safety equipment inspection/testing program.
The following equipment must be inspected/tested at least annually*:
•Pressure test of fire hoses
•Fire and explosion suppression systems
•Rate of rise temperature detectors
•Ground fault circuit interrupter
•Grounding and bonding continuity
•Firefighter’s bunker gear*
•Fall protection harnesses**
The following equipment must be inspected/tested or calibrated as appropriate at least monthly*:
•Eye wash stations
•Emergency response equipment
•Spill equipment (sandbags, absorbents, etc.)
•Emergency communication devices
•Confined space rescue equipment
•Full encapsulation suits**
•Handheld flammable gas and oxygen detectors**
•Respirators, SCBA equipment and emergency respirators**
*Unless specified more frequently by regulation or manufacturer recommendation
**These items should be tested before every use.video
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