The Importance of Workplace Fire Safety
Posted by Rob Sherman – Fire Safety Director
Every organisation needs to prioritise . Not only will an effective course teach employees how to recognise and minimise hazards in the workplace, but it’s also necessary for you to fulfil your legal requirements. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005, providing all employees with adequate training is now required by law, and a failure to comply with these laws will expose you to significant legal claims.
Perhaps more alarmingly, the threat of fire is still just as dangerous as ever, with fire and rescue services dealing with 564,827 incidents in the past year alone – 30% of which involved the breakout of a fire. When it comes to fires in the workplace, there were 15,577 fires in non-dwellings over the past 12 months, with 551 of these occurring in offices and 3745 in retail and industrial premises.
By creating a working culture which encourages everyone to focus on identifying potential hazards and preventing fires, you can significantly improve the safety of your employees, property and organisation as a whole. If you want to promote such a culture, then get sharing our infographic to raise awareness of the importance of workplace fire safety!
The changes the way your organisation thinks about fire safety, encouraging all employees to play an active role in fire prevention. Our course highlights the importance of recognising potential hazards in the workplace, while also teaching trainees how to respond in an emergency situation.
While every workplace is undeniably different, the most common causes of fire typically include unsafe electrical equipment, poor housekeeping and unsafe working practices; while portable heaters, cooking, smokers’ equipment and arson can also provide a substantial threat. By proactively identifying these hazards during the working day, employees are in a much better position to implement (and then follow) the necessary precautions.
When the necessary safety measures haven’t been implemented, fire has the potential to destroy property, interrupt operations and take lives. The effects of a workplace fire can be absolutely devastating, both to your employees and organisation, and raising awareness of fire safety can prove essential in avoiding these damaging consequences.
While the risk posed to human life has always been perfectly clear, fire also has the power to destroy important documents, damage your reputation and result in the loss of valuable customers and clients. As an employer, these are all obviously scenarios you should be actively avoiding, while any costly liability losses can result in serious financial implications.
By carrying out a fire risk assessment and providing employees with the required training, your organisation can significantly reduce the risk of fire in the workplace. The purpose of the assessment is to highlight primary fire hazards, allowing you to implement the required control measures and minimise the threat posed by these dangers.
In comparison, a fire safety course will teach employees the importance of recognising the hazards and following the recommendations outlined in the assessment. Both of these things are absolute legal requirements for your organisation, helping you to create a safer working environment and fulfil your responsibilities as an employer.