The role of fire compliance in the workplace
Fire poses a potential threat to any building, be it commercial or residential. Within any organisation, every employee is legally entitled to a working environment that is as safe as possible from the risk of fire, and as an employer, you are directly charged with protecting staff from such risks. Fire safety compliance addresses these key issues:
- Fire prevention plans help to keep employees as protected as reasonably possible against the dangers of fire.
- Fire drills establish good practice of what to do and where to go, in the event of a fire.
- Regular fire safety checks help to identify vulnerabilities before rectifying them.
- Regular/annual fire drills help to prepare your staff on how to safely tackle a fire with the equipment available.
- Careful preparation reduces the risk of injury.
- Ease employees' minds with the knowledge that they are well prepared in the event of an incident occurring.
Fire safety encompassed by compliance
Fire safety plans include :
- Fire risk assessment
- Evacuation plans
- Fire drill practice
- Fire safety equipment training
Fire risk assessments - Regular fire risk assessments help to identify the steps that can be taken to prevent an outbreak of fire, and keep all personnel safe. Assessments should be recorded, reviewed and updated regularly. The assessment begins with the identification of fire hazards, and any individuals who may be at risk, before preparing a contingency plan and removing, or reducing, this risk whilst updating staff training.
Evacuation plan - An evacuation plan should include a detailed pictorial layout of the building, including all routes that personnel should take in the event of an incident. All emergency doors and lighting should be clearly marked, and all staff should be made aware of the escape routes and the assembly point.
Fire drills & training - All employees should be trained in fire compliance and follow current safety regulations. Any new risks introduced into the premises should be assessed, with appropriate action taken to mitigate any identified risks. All personnel should be given fire training and annual fire drills should be conducted, with all results recorded.
Fire safety equipment - Fire safety equipment that adheres with fire compliance should include :
- Fire detection and warning systems
- Fire fighting equipment
All fire detection systems and fire fighting equipment should be properly installed, tested, and maintained. Regular checks need to be carried out to ensure all equipment is working properly, and any faults should be immediately addressed. Staff should be trained to operate all of the equipment, where appropriate.
We can help you with our advanced Fire Compliance services
At Acufire we are acutely aware of all current laws and legislation relating to fire safety. We have years of hands-on experience implementing safety regulations, and have helped many different organisations in multiple industries. We can :
- Provide help and guidance regarding the installation and maintenance of safety equipment.
- Help you adhere to all of your fire compliance obligations.
- Provide consultation on fire risk assessments, reporting, and management.
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