The Code Compliance department of the Life Safety Division is primarily responsible for conducting annual business inspections for existing commercial structures to ensure safety and compliance with the adopted fire code of that jurisdiction. The inspectors perform inspections on a classification based system. The occupancy type and occupancy risk classification determine whether the inspections are performed every one (1) or three (3) years. They also issue Operational and Hazardous Material permits, and witness workplace training and fire drills.
Code Compliance FAQ
- West Metro Fire will be accepting Hazardous Material Reports either electronically or in written format.
- All businesses will need to contact the West Metro Fire Protection District for a Hazardous Materials Permit Packet.
- For information on how to obtain a Hazardous Materials Packet or additional information call Lt. Scott Prose at (303)989-4307 Ext. 539.
Who must comply?
Any business in the West Metro Fire Protection District which uses, handles, or stores chemicals in quantities over the International Fire Code listed permit amounts must comply. These chemicals are listed according to hazard categories; and specific quantities that require a SARA report and Hazardous Material Permit. These quantities are too numerous to mention in the brief notice.
What is a chemical?
Chemicals appear in many disguises. Examples of chemicals include any and all, but not limited to:
- Welding Materials
- Caulking Material
There are some exemptions to obtaining a Hazardous Materials Permit form the West Metro Fire Protection District, based on the quantity of hazardous chemicals used and stored on the business property. If you need more information, contact our HazMat Compliance Office, Lt. Scott Prose at (303)989-4307 Ext. 539.
Throughout a calendar year, West Metro Fire Department personnel will be conducting inspections of all businesses in the West Metro Fire Protection District. If it is determined that a facility did not comply with these regulations, they may be subject to a citation from the fire department as well as from the Environmental Protection Agency. The program requires an annual update.
In most cases, these requirements will meet the reporting obligations under federal and state law, including Title III of S.A.R.A. However, a business owner may have greater reporting obligations than contained in this packet. Business owners may wish to consult with legal counsel of the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee regarding these obligations.