Recognising fire hazards in the workplace
Fires are an extremely dangerous phenomenon which have the potential to destroy property, cause injuries, and even in extreme cases, take lives. While all fires propose serious risks, fires in the workplace can be particularly challenging as there is a larger and more concentrated group of people that need to remain safe.
Recognising risks and fire hazards is essential in maintaining fire safety in the workplace. Read on to find out how you can ensure fire safety in your workplace.
Fire Safety Training
It is always a good idea for managers of a workplace and their employees to undergo appropriate fire safety education in the form of training. With proper training, workers can eliminate fire hazards and respond quickly and efficiently if a fire breaks out. Without proper training a small occurrence can quickly grow to become a major incident with devastating outcomes. Fire safety training can teach workers how to recognise fire hazards, conduct a fire safety risk assessment, prevent a workplace fire, and respond if a fire occurs.
At the very minimum you should ensure:
- You have adhered to regulations surrounding fire safety training
- All employees are aware of the workplace fire safety plan
- Fire safety related signage is used
- Evacuations are regularly rehearsed
Conducting a fire risk assessment
All fires start when heat (a source of ignition) comes into contact with fuel (anything that burns) and oxygen is present. To prevent a fire, the goal is to keep sources of ignition and fuel apart. The fire safety risk assessment helps identify what a workplace needs to do to prevent a fire and keep people safe. The assessment looks at:
1. Emergency routes and exits
2. Fire detection and warning systems
3. Fire fighting equipment
4. Removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
5. The emergency fire evacuation plan
6. The needs of vulnerable people
7. Communication with employees and others on the premises
8. Staff fire safety training
A fire safety risk assessment is the first step in identifying fire hazards. It also identifies the people at risk, state of emergency preparedness, and effectiveness of controls in the workplace. With the information from the risk assessment employers can make improvements in their fire safety plans and eliminate or reduce risks. Employers can also ensure appropriate training is provided to workers
Equipping your workplace for fire safety
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. Be sure your workplace is equipped with:
- fire extinguishers
- fire suppression systems
- smoke alarms
- first aid kits
- fire doors
FSE Special Doors supply a wide range of fire doors to meet the needs of any building, which can be used to reduce the risks of fire and improve safety. These can be built using a variety of materials and configured and fitted to meet most aesthetic and functional requirements.
FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures fire doors for numerous industries throughout Australia.