California Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

California Fire Prevention: What you need to know

California has adopted rules for fire prevention plans (FPPs) in general industry workplaces that are similar to the federal rules with additional stricter requirements. California has adopted fire drill rules for general industry workplaces that are stricter than federal rules.

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The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, administers and enforces the FPP rules. The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) administers and enforces the state fire drill rules as part of the California Fire Code.


Under California law, a written FPP (8 CCR 3221) is required for every employer with more than 10 employees. The written FPP must be kept in the workplace and be made available to employees for review. For employers with 10 or fewer employees, the plan may be communicated orally to employees, and the employer need not maintain a written plan.

FPP elements. The FPP must include:

  • A list of potential workplace fire hazards and their proper handling and storage procedures; potential ignition sources (e.g., welding or smoking) and their control procedures; and the type of fire protection equipment or systems that can control a fire involving these hazards;
  • Procedures to control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues;
  • Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment to prevent the accidental ignition of combustible materials;
  • Names or job titles of those persons responsible for maintenance of equipment and systems installed to prevent or control ignitions or fires; and
  • Names or job titles of those responsible for the control of accumulation of flammable or ...

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