Fire Safety in the Workplace

When we talk about safety in the workplace, we definitely cannot miss out on talking about how far we have come when it comes to fire safety in the workplace. But no matter how much we prepare, we sometimes have to agree with Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.

Well, we cannot predict when that will happen, but when it does happen, as an employer, you must ensure the safety of your staff. There are two aspects to ensure fire safety in the workplace; the first is an effective fire safety plan and the second is fire safety training. At times we tend to overlook these as they seem to be much of a hassle, but it could make all the difference when it comes to a serious emergency and a minor scare.

What is a fire safety plan?                     

A fire safety plan is a detailed document that covers all the aspects of fire safety when for a specific building or property. So what’s so special about this document?

The plan outlines:

  • A safe and orderly way for occupants to evacuate the building in case of a fire
  • Proper maintenance and housekeeping that is required to prevent fires
  • Methods of control that minimize the damage from fires when they occur.

 

Most organizations must have their fire safety plans in place. Some municipalities and/or fire departments have a standard template/format that is to be used by all businesses in that area. It helps them when they have to respond to emergencies.

 

What should be included in the fire safety plan?

Every property or business has a specific plan. It is very important to conduct an audit or a review of the property or business which will help in identifying the factors that could affect fire safety. Some of the items to be included in the audit are roadways, use of the building, site layout, how items are stored and used, points of entry and exit and many more other factors. 

 

What is fire safety training?

It is a training that helps prepare the employees of an organization to deal with a fire. Most fire safety experts believe that fire safety awareness, demonstration, and practical experience can help the employees learn how to deal with a fire. For some offices and factories that are at a high risk of fires, they must provide fire safety training at regular intervals for their employees. This helps in preventing loss of life and property. A thorough fire and safety training encompasses the below areas:

  • How to use emergency exit devices
  • Be acquainted with the exit routes
  • Assist any disabled employees during an emergency
  • How to use the fire-fighting equipment located on the premises
  • Company policy on labelled smoking areas
  • Who to report to following a fire disaster at the workplace or office

 

Fire safety in the workplace is an ongoing process. The employer must conduct fire safety training programs at regular intervals. Several companies can help you in creating a fire safety plan and also help in training your employees.