Fire Protection and Prevention in the workplace should always be at the forefront of employers and employees thought process.
Not only is it critical, it is the law. Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) every employer shall identify hazards, assess risks and have a written risk assessment, including any unusual or other risks.
Below is a quick guide to Fire Safety in the Workplace. For more information, please visit HSA FIRE SAFETY
There are 3 critical components for a correct Fire Safety and Risk Assessment in the Workplace.
A fire needs three elements to start or spread – Heat, Oxygen and Fuel.
Correct Equipment should be used to remove one or more of these elements.
Risk assessments should be carried out to detail risks and minimize the start of spread of fire.
Consideration must be given to any parts of the workplace where a fire could start and spread undetected.
Asses what type of detection system needs to be in place for your specific workplace. IS 3218 will give a better understanding of what procedure to use.
Suitable electrically operated fire warning system, with manual call points positioned both on exit routes and adjacent to final exits should be installed.
Fire safety measures and equipment in the workplace must be kept in effective working order.
Emergency procedures must be in place and practiced.
Time available for escape must be evaluated and routes kept clear at all times.
An emergency plan must be in place with instruction and training for employees.
Fire-fighting equipment must be in place for employees to use.
Always Consult with your local fire authority for best practice
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