Ensuring Fire Safety at Work
Industrial safety is essential for employees, contractors, and visitors in any potentially dangerous environment. Fire is a high risk in industries performing hot work, such as manufacturing and construction, and is also a significant risk in non-industrial situations, such as in commercial properties.
Approximately 6,000 office fires are reported in the United States every year, and fire departments respond to an average of 37,000 industrial callouts per year. Not only do fires pose a significant risk to persons, but they can cause up to $1 billion in damage for businesses every year. For companies wishing to protect both their staff and their business interests, fire safety at work should be a top priority.
Understanding the Importance of Industrial Safety
Appropriate risk reduction measures should always be in place and best industrial safety practices should always be followed on production floors, in storage facilities, and anywhere that a fire risk exists. Fire detection systems, suppression systems, and fire fighting equipment should always be accessible and maintained to the highest standard. Companies must also ensure that code compliance is maintained, so risk assessment should be performed yearly, or any time that there is a major change in operational circumstances.
Training is Essential
Many of the industrial and commercial fires that occur each year can be prevented, but there are situations where unforeseen incidents can occur, leading to the breakout of a fire. Companies must train and prepare staff through fire safety courses, to ensure that there are assigned wardens, evacuation procedures, and processes for ceasing work when an uncontainable fire occurs.
Professional fire safety courses are the most effective way to ensure that the dangers of fire are well communicated to all appropriate staff. With professional training, all staff on-site will know exactly how to respond in an emergency situation. Failing to follow industrial safety practices can lead to loss of life, injury, liability, or catastrophic loss of business. Simply put, your company cannot afford to have a lax attitude regarding safety at work.
Fire Safety Courses and Fire Protection Covers Three Key Areas
Protection of property from damage caused by fire.
Protection of persons on-site when a fire occurs.
Continuity of operations by limiting fire damage and recovery time.
Staff who have completed a fire safety course will be able to respond quickly and appropriately to any fire event. This will reduce the risk of personal injury while ensuring that equipment and materials are protected from the worst possible damage. Possible options for reducing damage caused by a fire include containment, ceasing work that could exacerbate a situation, or completely shutting down machinery, other equipment, or a production line. Fire suppression equipment, either automated or manually controlled, should be appropriate to the type of industry and the workplace. Automated systems like sprinklers, gas, or halon extinguishing systems can be used in most industries. Some major industries or particularly dangerous industries will need customized suppression systems and fire response plans, and a fire safety course is the most effective way to prepare staff so that any situation can be managed as best as possible.
An Investment in Safety at Work Can Pay for Itself
By investing in adequate fire safety training and risk assessment, and installing suppression systems, your business can protect itself or limit damage in the future while ensuring that all reasonable and legally required steps are followed to make a workplace safe. Whether you’re planning a new business or even if your existing business’ fire safety is inadequate, a fire safety course will be a critical step in protecting all of your interests.