Why is Fire Safety in the Workplace Training Important?
It is important that the “responsible person” under The Fire Safety Act 2021 ensures that the correct fire safety procedures are in place in case of an emergency. And this includes fire safety in the workplace. The “responsible person” is in charge of not just the customers who may be in your building, but also any other guests and employees of all levels. Therefore, training and fire safety knowledge should be enforced and practised on a frequent basis.
For more information on whether your business should legally have a sprinkler system in place, read our previous blog here.
We’re always learning, aren’t we? Having fire safety in the workplace does not just help the company. It also helps the individuals that are being taught the training procedures. This training can help employees identify potential fire hazards and risk assess a situation where there could be a fire. From retail to an office block, fire safety in the workplace can differ, yet the principles are still the same. So, the knowledge can be adopted into different workplaces and in everyday life as well.
Fire Safety Awareness
No matter how big or small your company is, it is vital that everyone knows what know what they are doing in the case of an emergency. When hiring an employee, they deserve to know that if there is a fire, they are working in a secure atmosphere and there are systems in place to protect all employees.
Fire safety in the workplace not only clarifies what to do in an emergency but also, focuses on preventative actions that reduce the danger of fires and other hazards. Many businesses will undergo fire safety events and drills; practising what each individual would do in the situation.
All employers are required by law to provide fire safety training to their employees under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Act of 2005. From this, business owners or the “responsible person” must manage risk assessments, in which fire risks are addressed and either dealt with, or have a system in place to deal with if a fire broke out.
During the risk assessments, it is important that vulnerable groups are recognised and taken under consideration throughout the fire safety in the workplace. For example, in care homes where there be elderly or disabled residents, these should be the main priority. When practising fire safety, staff should have clear exit and fire prevention methods in place to be able to safely evacuate themselves and their patients.
All training should take place during working hours and be relevant to your employee’s work environment.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
Sprinklers are a great way to add protection in case of a fire. In these situations, a sprinkler system will activate when detecting a temperature of over 56°C, so the chances of accidentally setting a system off are slim. The individual sprinkler head that is nearest the flames will activate and suppress the fire from spreading. T his gives employees and other people in the building the time to safely evacuate and wait for emergency services, depending on how big the fire is.
By implementing a fire sprinkler system you are not only taking your employees’ safety into consideration and helping save lives, you are also protecting equipment and other highly valued items from fire damage.
RAD Fire Sprinklers
Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and install fire sprinklers throughout residential and commercial buildings in the UK. Sprinklers are the most effective fire prevention system and are ideal in situations where there is a high risk. They can be implemented throughout fire safety in the workplace.
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