Fire safety checklists for the workplace
It is essential that businesses and workplaces put plans and procedures in place in order to minimise the risk of fires and help in recovering if an unforeseen fire emergency does occur.
Fire and Rescue New South Wales provides information which is helpful in assisting businesses and workplaces in understanding fire safety. Check out the handy tips and checklists below to ensure your workplace is prepared.
Keeping your workplace safe
Fire and Rescue NSW recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:
- Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
- Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
- Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
- Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
- If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
- Make sure your business has a written and practised fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.
Damage reduction and disaster recovery
Fire and Rescue NSW recommend this checklist to assist your small business in reducing damage caused from fire and to assist in a speedy business recovery:
- Ensure that all of your staff have sufficient training and know what they should do if your small business is exposed to an unexpected fire.
- Depending on your business, this will mean at least knowing your evacuation plan and meeting point and the need to dial Triple Zero (000).
- Make sure you know what information is important for your business continuity. This should include having contingency plans to protect and/or restore all important information (hard copy & IT) like supplier and client lists, business contracts and insurance details.
- Consider having an off site secure location to store important information in your contingency plan.
Fire Safety Equipment
On any job site, or in any office, it is essential to be equipped with the right safety equipment. Purchasing and maintaining the right fire safety equipment for the office or job site is not only integral in saving lives and reducing property damage but also in adhering to laws and regulations. Ensure your workplace is equipped with:
- fire extinguishers
- fire suppression systems
- smoke alarms
- first aid kits
- fire doors
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