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|Title: 05/18/1990 - Inspecting and maintaining fire extinguishers.
|Record Type: Interpretation
|Standard Number: 1910.157
May 18, 1990
The Honorable Louise M. Slaughter
Member, United States House of Representatives
311 Federal Building
100 State Street Rochester, New York 14614
Dear Congresswoman Slaughter:
Thank you for your inquiry of March 21, addressed to Ms. Ruth Knight, Director of the Office of Intra-Government Affairs, on behalf of your constituent, Mr. Sam Cuckovich.
The concerns expressed by Mr. Cuckovich are addressed and highlighted in the enclosed MSDS information. You also asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Fire Protection Standards at 1910.157 29 CFR 1910.157(e)(1) and (e)(3). These standards specify that employers are responsible for inspecting and maintaining their fire extinguishers in use and for keeping, retaining, and making related records available to the Assistant Secretary upon request. The standards do not require servicing vendors to certify to the owner that servicing has been done in accordance with OSHA of National Fire Protection Association standards. Such a requirement is at the discretion of the contracting employer.
With respect to Mr. Cuckovich's inquiry about portable fire extinguishers in
public school buses, public schools do not fall under Federal OSHA's
jurisdiction nor do OSHA standards pertain to or cover students or the
public. Federal OSHA does enforce standards applicable to employees working
for private schools.
As you may be aware, Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the Act) permits States to assume responsibility for their own occupational safety and health programs under State plans approved and monitored by Federal OSHA. Since June of 1984, the State of New York has administered such a State plan, applicable only to public employees of the State and its political subdivisions, pursuant to its Public Employees Safety and Health (PESH) Act, Chapter 729 of the laws of 1980.
States with approved plans must adopt standards identical or comparable to Federal standards. Under its OSHA-approved State plan and in accordance with Section 27-a of the PESH Act, New York adopts and enforces occupational safety and health standards in the public sector which are identical to OSHA's. New York has adopted and is enforcing a Fire Protection Standard in the public sector which is identical to Federal OSHA's. Therefore, public schools must comply with the same Fire Protection Standard as private schools, but the standard is promulgated and enforced by the State.
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If we may be of further assistance, please contact us. Thank you for your interest in safety and health.
Gerard F. Scannell Assistant Secretary
cc: Washington, D.C. Office
The official, public domain, OSHA version of this document is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=19988&p_text_version=FALSE