ALSS have put together a short guide for you to equip you with the knowledge to keep your staff safe and to reduce the chance of a fire in your business premises.
These are some of the key factors that should be followed;
Identify any fire hazards within your premises. Are there any naked flames, electric heaters, waste piled high, or supplies and products stacked? Are there any sources of oxygen, air conditioning, medicinal or commercial oxygen supplies?
Who are the main people at risk?
Who will be working near to the fire dangers and hazards that you have identified? Are there people working alone or in remote areas of the building. Who else is high risk? Pregnant mothers, parents with children and the elderly or disabled. Evaluate the level of risk and remove, reduce and protect anyone from risk that you have identified.
You need to remove or reduce any fire hazards where possible and reduce any risks you have identified.
Replace as many highly flammable materials with less flammable ones. Always make sure you separate flammable from ignitable materials and if you aren’t already doing so, implement a safe or non-smoking policy. When you have reduced the risks that are already there that have been assessed, double check again and take any further measures to make sure you provide a reasonable level of fire safety.
You must have a suitable fire-detection system to warn people in the event of a fire. You must have a way of fighting a small fire. There are 5 main fire extinguisher types – Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical.
In every premises there needs to be safe routes for people to escape. If only one route is available, you may need to make it fire protected or install an automatic fire-detection system. Fire exits should be kept clear with no obstructions and materials which can catch fire. The escape route should lead to a final exit and a safe meeting place. You should follow the above guidelines with caution. You must look at each part of the premises and decide how quickly people would react to a warning of fire. If you
All business premises must, record, plan, instruct, inform and train every person who enters the building. You will also need to make an emergency plan for your business tailored to your premises. All employees and visitors entering the building should receive the plan and given enough information and training about the risks in the premises. You should make sure that your fire-risk assessment is checked regularly and that it is up to date.