Fire safety

Hi Everyone,

Today we look at fire safety once the fire extinguishing equipment is installed and compliant. This would include training and prevention of fire hazards.

To provide the correct training a lot ofthought needs to be put into what hazards exist in the workplace and what training would be best suited for your work environment. Depending on the liklihood of a fire occuring more staff are to be trained and the safety measures are to be intensified.

As prevention is better than cure, it would be hugely benificial to firstly train staff on early warning signs and hazard identification. When dealing with fire there are often warning signs before a desaster strikes. By knowing what the warning signs could be, could prevent a disaster from occuring and save property, equipment and lives.

Depending on the equipment and working environment that you work in the warning signs may vary. With any type of electrically powered equipment you shold always look out for damaged or exposed wires. These could cause sparks and a dangerous electric charge which could result in a fire.

Burnt plug points and light fittings are a sign that there is too much heat being produced and that something needs to be changed in order to prevent a fire from starting. It is recommended that every three months plugs are taken out of the socket to check for burns. I find it easier to do a third of the plug points each month to ensure that the time spent on safety is manageable.

Light fittings will flicker if there is a problem, this could just mean that the globe is ready to be changed but it also could be a sign of a fault. In this situation you should change the globe and see if the flickering continues, if so an electrician should be called to check out the electrics.

As heat is essential for a fire to exist, staff shall be aware of any unnecessary heat that is being created. Heat can cause a fire in a few different ways. If there is a build up of combustibles close to a heat source a fire can break out and spread throughout the workplace.

If there is excessive heat around any flammable liquids or gasses, fumes will be created and this can cause a fire or an explosion. The first form of defense is cooling, so be sure to hav cooling systems in storage areas and planned maintenance for the equipment to avoid heat build up due to equipment defects.

ousekeeoing is imperitive in keeping a fire hazard to a minimum. Try to avoid build up of combustibles, dust and incorrect storage. By being on top of these issues your fire risks are decreased byconsiderable amount.

Spills of fluid could cause a major fire, staff members shall check storage canisters regularly to ensure that know leaks exist. If any leaks are found they should be cleaned up immidiately and the storage container shall be fixed.

Staff members shall be trained on how a fire is created, how to investigate a potential fire and how to extinguish a fire. This will assist in a fire being prevented, but as fire can still occur when all of the precautions have been taken it is important to safeguard yourself for the event of a fire.

By training the staff on how to investigate a fire emergency they are able to assess the situation and see if it is possible and safe to eqtinguish the fire. If it is not safe to extinguish the fire then they are able to initiate the evacution process.

If the fire is at a stage where it is possible to extinguish, trained staff can put out the fire and save the company from a devastating fate and can prevent any fatalities from occuring.

Thank you for reading, please feel free to contact me if you require any assistance with safety compliance.

All the best

Guy

Fire extinguishing equipment

Hi Everyone, I hope that you are all doing well.

When looking at protecting your staff and your company from fire, your fire fighting equipment is your first point of compliance. You need to ensure that your equipment is correct for the type of fire emergencies that can occur in the workplace as well as ensuring that you have enaough fire equipment.To ensure compliance and maximum safeguarding of your company the following needs to be carried out.

A safety audit needs to be conducted, this will look at the types of fires that can occur in the workplace. By knowing this, you are able to equip yourself with the correct fire fighting equipment to suit your company.

The audit will also look at the size and layout of the building. With this information you will know the minimum amount of fire extinguishers and hose reels that are required on the premises to be compliant. Remember that the appropriate signage shall be installed along with the equipment. The signage shall point out the location of the fire fighting equipment to assist staff in the event of an emergency.

Once the correct equipment is installed there are continuous checks and services that need to be carried out to maintain the compliance of the equipment. Monthly checks shall be done to ensure that the equipment is still in the correct place, the pressure is correct, there are no visible damages and the service date has not been passed.

A service should be carried out once a year by a competent and qualified company. A compliance service sertificate and an equipment register shall be provided.

It is important to remember to keep the signs and equipment free from obstruction and visible at all times. By doing all of the above mentioned the equipment will be ready for use in the event of a fire emergency and the premises will be continuously compliant.

It is also legally expected and a good practice to train staff members in fire fighting and hazard identification. This will add an extra safety measure to your workplace.

Thanks for reading, Think safe

Guy

Safety in the workplace

Hi All, Compliments of the season and I hope that you had a safe and joyful festive season.

The start of 2013 has been an interesting one. I have found that businesses are keen to become compliant and minimize hazards in the workplace.

If any business owners or managers are interested in following the correct safety process to becoming compliant please follow the steps given below:

A safety audit and risk assessment needs to be carried out. the Safety audit will check the building structure such as evacuation routes, lighting and fire safety equipment. The audit will reveal if the structure and sites equipment are sufficient or if upgrading is necessary. A safety audit should be performed once a year and this can be done internally by a competent person.

The risk assessment looks at all of the activities in the work place and the risks associated with them. The risk assessment shall look at what safety measures should be in place to sufficiently protect the workforce.

Once the Safety audit and risk assessment is completed a safety file shall be created. The safety file will form the base of your safety system and will hold all of your written safety information. The safety file will consist of your safety appointments, the appontments would consist of your fire marshals, safety representatives etc. All of the relevent safety regulations and company SHE plans are to be kept in the file and access to this information shall be granted to anyone who is interested.

Evacuation plans and procedures are to be draw up and kept in the safety file. All of the safety checks, incident reports and master documents are to be kept in the safety file for when you need ot. Once the forms are used and filled out they shall be placed in the safety file as evidence of checks actually being done and of all findings.

Once the safety file is complete training shall be provided to the appointed safety staff. Training shall be provided in fire safety, evacuation procedures, safety representative duties and responsibilities, identifying safety hazards and first aid. Along with the training all of the findings of the risk assessment and the evacuation procedures shall be communicated to all staff.

Once all of the above is completed you and your staff are expected to carry out the following monthly and yearly practices in order to keep compliant. Your safety equipmen shall be checked monthly to ensure that it is still there and that it is unobstructed and compliant.

There should be area and safety checks done to ensure that the evacuations routes are clear, the housekeeping has been done correctrly and lighting and ventilation is still as it should be. A monthly safety meeting shall be held to discuss all findings, concerns and corrective measures.

The fire safety equipment shall be serviced every 12 months. there should be a service sticker on the equipment stating when the last servicee was carred out and when the next service shall be conducted.

A fire drill shall be done a minimum of once a year but in some industries it is recommended to be carried out every six months.

By following all of the above steps you are ensuring that your company is compliant, the risks in your workplace will be reduced and staff will be trained and prepared for the event of an emergency situation.

For any questions or further assistence please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details supplied on our website.

All the best

Thinks safety

Guy