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Portable fire extinguishers, required forklift equipment?
I am familair with the OSHA (Federal) regs for equipping forklifts with fire extinguishers. However, I would like to find out which (if any) STATES have requirements that supersede the Federal regs. Does anyone have a consolidated list of email addresses for the various state agencies that I can poll to find an answer to my question, [url removed], are there any states that actually require forklifts to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher? Thanks, budcoh

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  • Posted 21 Jun 2006 12:20 AM
Total replies: 5. Showing items 1 - 5 of 5 results.
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  • kelly_k
  • North Carolina, United States
On the OSHA dot gov website, you will see a list of States that have their own State-Run OSHA Programs. While they must be in compliance with all Federal OSHA Regs, some do require additional steps to be taken to be in compliance with individual State Regs. On the site you will find contact information for each State-Run Plan State - they are usually under the State's Dept. of Labor. A phone call to the Compliance Division should get you the answers to your questions. In addition to the information that may appear in the OSHA Standard and State Plan on Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts), you will also want to check Fire Protection / Prevention Regs which could also be included in the State's Life Safety Code. Hope this helps.

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kelly@osha-trainer.com
  • Posted 23 Jun 2006 07:35 AM
Budcoh:

To obtain the information from OSHA:

Google: [url removed]

Click on Site Index: C

Scroll the C listings and click on Consultation Services.

On the Consultation Services page click on Find Your State's Consultation Office.

On the OSHA Consultation Directory page, click on each desired state individually. The state can then be directly e-mailed.

The following states/territories have approved State OSHA Plans:

* Alaska
* Arizona
* California
* Connecticut
* Hawaii
* Indiana
* Iowa
* Kentucky
* Maryland
* Michigan
* Minnesota
* Nevada
* New Jersey
* New Mexico
* New York
* North Carolina
* Oregon
* Puerto Rico
* South Carolina
* Tennessee
* Utah
* Vermont
* Virgin Islands
* Virginia
* Washington
* Wyoming

NOTE: The Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Virgin Islands plans cover public sector (State & local government) employment only.
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I would first contact your Ohio OSHA Consultation Office to see if they can provide you with a consolidated e-mail listing for OSHA Consultation Offices to save you the time and effort and allow you to group e-mail.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Division of Safety and Hygiene
OSHA On-Site Consultation
13430 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Toll Free: 1-800-282-1425
614-644-3133 FAX

For direct link e-mail, use the OSHA Consultation Directory page for Ohio on [url removed]
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State plan states do not have to adopt all federal OSHA regulations as written. In most cases, they can write their own standards in lieu of the federal standard. The State standard normally does not have to be identical or all inclusive provided it is considered at least as effective as the federal standard in achieving a level of safety or health for the particular subject in question. (See OSH ACT, 1970, Sec 18 - State Jurisdiction and State Plans).

Most state plan states adopt the federal OSHA regulations as written. The states most notorious for making changes are California, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. Hawaii periodically makes limited changes. In dealing with State OSHA plans, never assume that the federal OSHA standard applies.
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In addition to the General Industry Standards, be advised there are also Agriculture Standards, Construction Standards, and Maritime Standards (Longshoring, Marine Terminals, Shipyard Repair). Some states do not regulate maritime leaving the task to federal OSHA. Ensure your request for information covers all applicable state standards otherwise the response may only cover General Industry requirements.
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Michigan (MIOSHA) does not have any requirement for fire extinguishers on forklifts in the Agriculture, Construction, or General Industry Safety Standards. Michigan does not regulate Maritime.

Michigan (MIOSHA) did not adopt the OSHA 1910.178 requirements for General Industry use. It maintains its own unique General Industry powered industrial truck regulations. To download a copy Google: MIOSHA STANDARDS and click for General Industry Safety Standards, Part 21, Powered Industrial Trucks.

If a forklift or other powered industrial truck is equipped with a fire extinguisher in Michigan, MIOSHA portable fire extinguisher standards require that the fire extinguisher be secured to the truck; that the fire extinguisher be fully charged, operational, and in good physical condition; that the fire extinguisher be visually inspected monthly; that a tag/sticker be attached showing the latest recharge or service date; that a thorough fire extinguisher inspection be conducted once a year; that the fire extinguisher hydrostatic pressure testing date be current; that a replacement fire extinguisher be provided for a fire extinguisher removed for service.


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