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Fire Life Safety Training Laws for Los Angeles

There are three basic layers of compliance law related to fire life safety training in Los Angeles.

Federal Law – OSHA Code 1910.38 under Standards – 29 CFRTraining. An employer with 10 or more employees must designate and train employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees.

California Law – Title 19 Section 3.09 of the California Code of Regulations and local ordinances/codes, each tenant within a high-rise building shall assist in the implementation of the building’s Emergency Plan.

EACH TENANT SHALL:

1. Assist the Fire Safety Director in providing instructions to all employees on fire, earthquake, and related emergencies on an annual basis. The building has an Emergency Plan and Floor Response Team Manuals for all tenants.

2. Provide personnel for a Floor Response Team

A. MULTI-TENANT FLOORS (EACH TENANT)

  • Suite Warden: responsible for overseeing occupant instruction, supervising and ensuring the safe and complete evacuation during a fire, other emergency or fire drill.
  • Group Leader(s): responsible for directing all occupants to a safe stairwell and leading occupants to an outside area of safe refuge.
  • Two Assistants for the Physically Impaired: assigned as needed to each person who will require assistance during an evacuation.

B. SINGLE-TENANT FLOORS

  • Floor Warden: responsible for overseeing occupant instruction, supervising and ensuring the safe and complete evacuation during a fire, other emergency or fire drill.
  • Stairwell Monitors: to be responsible for checking the safety of a designated stairwell, instructing occupants in safe stairwell procedures and leading occupants to an outside area of safe refuge.
  • Search Monitor(s): responsible for a systematic search of all closed off areas on the floor.
  • Two Assistants for the Physically Impaired: assigned as needed to each person who will require assistance during an evacuation.

PLUS ALTERNATES FOR EACH
Suite Wardens, Floor Wardens, and Monitors are selected for their ability to make decisions, lead, maintain order and for exercising cool-headedness. It is important that they be available at all times.

3. Participate and cooperate in the required fire drill. A minimum of one fire drill annually is required.

4. Help by promoting good fire prevention practices and reporting or correcting hazardous conditions.

5. It is also recommended that each tenant provide their own Floor Response Team Members with identification, flashlights, whistles, portable radios and extra batteries for emergencies.

City Law – Los Angeles Fire Code Section 57.33.19C – A minimum of one fire drill annually on individual floors is mandatory. Total building evacuation is not required. Documentation of all fire drills on Fire Department approved forms shall be maintained by the Fire Safety Director. Fire drills may be scheduled in advance, with a notice posted to all tenants. All building occupants are required to participate in the fire drills. Any person who fails to participate in an annual fire drill without an authorized exemption will be subject to the following penalty. Ordinance No. 170.854, effective 4/16/96. Any person who violates this section shall be punishable by at least a mandatory fine of $500 up to and not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period of not more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, during which a violation of any provision of this section is committed, continued, or permitted by such person and shall be punishable accordingly.

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