Fire safety in the workplace is always important and the need to be vigilant with training and equipment is required.
Almost all workplace fires are preventable and occur due to negligence or unsafe infrastructure.
Having outdated fire safety equipment or lacklustre emergency evacuation diagrams and training is a recipe for disaster that could have been avoided by following these 7 steps:
1. Assess & review your workplace
Fire safety in the workplace starts with assessing the workplace itself to identify risks, isolate hazards and implement controls.
With a thorough assessment and review of existing equipment and procedures you can begin to get a picture of the emergency protocols, required equipment and training.
2. Have a competent fire safety practitioner review your workplace
Under NSW law, building owners are required to provide the local Council with an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) containing all the fire safety measures relevant to your site.
Enlisting the services of trained, qualified technicians will ensure your AFSS complies with Council regulations year in, year out.
3. Review your emergency evacuation plans, procedures and diagrams
In an emergency, seconds matter. In order to comply with Australian Standard AS 3745:2010 – Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, you will need at a minimum:
- Up-to-date evacuation diagrams clearly displayed
- Emergency response procedure
- Fire Safety Wardens on-site
We can help you get evacuation-ready by developing a custom emergency response procedure that covers the essentials and much more, tailored to your business and budget.
4. Fire protection equipment
Fire safety in the workplace depends on operational, readily accessible equipment installed and maintained by trained professionals.
Depending on your business and site, there are various requirements for adequate fire safety equipment, including:
- Regularly maintained fire extinguishers
- Fire Indicator Panel (FIP)
- Emergency lighting system (including exit lighting)
- Sprinkler system
- fire hose reel and
- Emergency response procedure
Not sure if your fire safety equipment is up to date? Don’t risk it, consult a trained fire safety professional ASAP to review on-site equipment.
5. Remove clutter
Piles of paperwork, overflowing bins, stacks of cardboard boxes and excess furniture are all perfect kindling to start a fire. Clearing away clutter is important for fire safety in the workplace.
6. Have a dedicated Fire Safety Warden
Staff training should be up-to-date, which includes dedicated Fire Safety Wardens (usually several people) across all departments. There is no harm in training more wardens than you need, in case the designated person is not on site when a fire breaks out.
7. Practice and prepare for an emergency
Don’t be afraid to organise an unscheduled fire drill on your building every 6 months. Proper preparation means, that if the unthinkable happens, staff are confident with the workplace fire safety procedures and equipment.
How can East Coast Fire & Safety help improve fire safety in your workplace?
Fire safety in the workplace should never be put on the backburner. East Coast Fire & Safety supply, install and maintain fire protection to domestic, industrial, commercial, high rise, marine, automotive, government and retail clients.
Our competent and experienced technicians are trained, qualified and have FPAS accreditation (Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme) to provide the best possible service on every job, big or small.
For the ultimate training and equipment, contact East Coast Fire & Safety to arrange an on-site consultation.