Self Inspection


Section 14i of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, Act Number 154 of the Public Acts of 1974, as amended, requires that each fire chief prepare and disseminate to each firefighter information on facilities within their jurisdiction that use or produce hazardous chemicals.

The Michigan Fire Prevention Code, Act Number 207, P.A. of 1941, as amended, requires that any firm handling hazardous chemicals provide information to the fire chief upon request. This allows the fire department to gather information on each chemical so that the requirements of Act Number 154 can be met.

Self Inspection Survey

To assist our department in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Act, we are asking that you complete the Self Inspection Survey.

Hazardous Chemical Definitions

  • Carcinogen- A chemical is considered to be a carcinogen if:
    1. It has been evaluated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and found to be a carcinogen or potential carcinogen
    2. It is listed as a carcinogen or potential carcinogen in the Annual Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) (latest edition)
    3. It is regulated by OSHA as a carcinogen
  • Combustible Liquid - Any liquid having a flashpoint at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), but below 300 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 degrees Celsius), except any mixture having components with flashpoints of 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 degrees Celsius), or higher, the total volume of which make up 99 percent or more of the volume of the mixture.
  • Corrosives (liquid and solid) - Any liquid or solid that causes visible destruction or irreversible damage to human skin tissue. Also, it may be a liquid that has a severe corrosion rate on steel.
  • Explosives and blasting agent (not including Class C explosives) -
    • “Explosive” means a chemical that causes a sudden, almost instantaneous release of pressure, gas, and heat when subjected to sudden shock, pressure, or high temperature.
    • “Blasting Agent” means a material designed for blasting. It must be so insensitive that there is very little probability of:
      1. Accidental explosion
      2. Going from burning to detonation