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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
September 29, 2006
In Reply To:  
1112 (930.LE) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2006-078
Expires: 9/30/07
To:             All MSO/BiFO Employees
From:         State Director
Subject:      Fire Prevention Plan
Program Area: Occupational Safety and Health
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides employees and volunteers of the Montana State Office and Billings Field Office with guidelines to follow when using products or machines that could be a fire hazard in the workplace if improperly used or stored.
Policy/Action: Attachment 1 contains the fire prevention plan for the Montana State Office and Billings Field Office, located at 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana. All employees should become familiar with the contents of the plan.
Timeframe: This IM takes effect immediately.
Budget Impact: No additional budget impact is anticipated.
Background: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.38 requires the implementation of a written fire prevention plan which lists the major workplace fire hazards and their proper handling and storage procedures, potential ignition sources such as welding and smoking and their control procedures, and the type of fire protection equipment or systems which can control a fire involving them.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: This IM does not require update of manuals or handbooks. Related material for reference purposes may be found in Departmental Manual 485, Chapter 19, Fire Safety and BLM Manual Handbook 1112-1, Chapter 17 – Fire Safety.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated with the Billings Field Office and the Division of Support Services.
Contact: For questions regarding this IM, please contact Lisa Engelmann, at 896-5193, or Karilynn Volk, at 896-5190.
Signed by: Donald S. Smurthwaite, Acting
Authenticated by: Aleta Zahorodny (MT-930)
1 Attachment                                                                                                   
     1-Fire Prevention Plan (8 pp)