Fire Prevention Rules and Requirements for Industrual Operations recently adopted by the Board at its June 7, 2017 Board Meeting and go into affect July 1, 2017.
The proposed rules reflect clarification, updates and changes to fire prevention rules and requirements for industrial operations based on changing technology and logging practices. The proposal also addresses inconsistencies (and brings into alignment) with similar rules in other chapters. The proposed rules will increase requirements in some areas, while reducing requirements in other areas. Effected rules include changes to water supply and delivery, fire tools and extinguishers, Watchman (Firewatch) Service, operation area prevention and power saws.
Water Supply: Increase requirement from minimum of 500 feet of hose to "enough hose" to reach areas worked that day. The proposal also eliminates the water supply requirement when the only activity remaining is for self-loading, as long as the self-loading of trucks is done in a clear area free of flammable vegetation.
Fire tools and extinguishers: Increase requirement from 2 1/2 lb. ABC fire extinguisher to 2A:10BC (5 lb.) extinguisher to bring into alignment with OR-OSHA rules. Fire extinguishers will also be required to have a pressure gauge or other measurement of the contents of the extinguisher. The proposal would also reduce the fire tools requirement for operations of four or less workers, still requiring a shovel and fire extinguisher, but eliminating the need for a fire tools box.
Other changes include requiring that battery shut-off switches be used on equipment when the operation shuts down or moving the equipmentto an area free of flammable vegetation; and power saws for non-industrial operations must meet the same requirements as those of industrial operations.
Need for the Rule(s):
The Fire Protection Division educates forest landowners, industrial operators and forest homeowners about the value of fire hazard and risk reduction measures and how to take positive action to minimize the threat of fire. Laws and rules have been established, dating back to the inception of the agency, to prevent the ignition and spread of fire.
Advancements in technology on forest operations since rules were last reviewed over thirty years ago have brought into question the
relevence of some of the existing fire prevention rules that industrial operators are currently mandated to follow.