FIRE SAFETY PLANNINGThe fire protection of any building is an integral part of the safety of the structure and its occupants. As a business owner, you’re responsible for fire safety. It’s an essential issue for you to address as it affects every individual in your organization.
This guide explains the essential health & safety procedures your business must follow. It’ll help you to understand how to prevent fire risks, as well as provide the appropriate safety precautions.
Health & safety at work fire regulationsIt’s your responsibility to look after fire safety if you’re an:
- Building or facilities manager.
- Management agent.
- Risk assessor.
- You have to complete a risk assessment and regularly review it (particularly following any changes or at least annually if there have been no process or layout changes). And carry out more of these on a regular basis.
- Inform your workforce of any issues you identify.
- Maintain and monitor your fire safety measures.
- Plan ahead in the event of an emergency—review your procedure regularly.
- Ensure your employees have been suitably trained access to information, instructions, and training.
Fire safety at work legislation
- Have a fire risk assessment
- Provide “appropriate fire-fighting equipment” in the form of fire extinguishers, blankets etc.
- Place fire safety signs around your business. These should inlcude a Fire Action Notice and an Extinguisher ID.
- Install fire detection systems.
- Install emergency lighting in the event normal lights fail.
- Provide training to all staff and appoint an appropriate number of fire marshals.