My name is Barry Terry and I am writing this commercial cleaning blog with a concern for Health & Safety.
Nobody imagines their office will suffer from a fire… and to be honest, the level of preparation often reflects this. businesses are required to carry out their fire risk assessment.
This fire safety risk assessment can be broken down into five sections:
1) Identify potential fire hazards
2) Examine, who would be in danger, if a fire broke out
3) Evaluate the potential risks and hazards in the office and examine what can be done to limit these issues from being a problem.
4) Create a fire safety document detailing the actions taken – let your employees know of your findings.
5) Keep the fire safety risk assessment under review and revise as necessary.
So what kind of things should you be on the look out for when you fill out your business’ fire risk assessment form? The most likely cause of a fire in the office is, of course, the abundance of electrical equipment the modern workspace is equipped with. All electrical equipment should be tested annually, and extension cords should not be a full-time solution.
While you’re explaining that to the members of staff, it’s a good idea to make them aware of the procedures in case of fire, and maybe plan one or two drills to make sure their fire safety is ensured. Indeed, all new members of staff should be given an outline of the procedures as part of their induction. Things like fire escapes, corridors and routes may seem obvious, but it’s a situation of not being possible to be too careful.
Keeping the place tidy will also make an evacuation all the easier and considerably less risky. If you have items in the corridors, stairwells, and exits, then the chances of slips, falls and injury are greatly lessened should there be a need for a rapid getaway.
It’s hugely important to keep a list of emergency numbers nearby. Sure, everyone knows 999, but getting in contact with staff members who are missing could save a life. Staff should also have a good knowledge of where all the fire extinguishers and alarm points are. It goes without saying, but heavy fire doors should never be wedged open, no matter how inconvenient it may be – they can’t do their job if they’re permanently held open.
The majority of offices have the same kinds of fire risks associated with them, and unless you work in an exceptionally dangerous environment, your fire risk assessment form will need to encompass the sort of thing covered here. Use this and your common sense, and you should have your fire safety documents sorted, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re prepared for the worst.