There is no doubt that fire safety is one of the key priorities in any building. Employers are required to ensure their working environment complies with current building regulations and meets all health and safety standards.
According to the latest statistics from The Home Office, Fire and Rescue Services in the UK attended 14,308 fires in non-dwelling (commercial) buildings in 2019/2020. Based on these figures it is clear that fires can occur in any type of building. This further highlights the importance of implementing the correct preventative measures to ensure safety in the workplace.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) organisations are legally required to nominate a responsible person to carry out a fire risk assessment, create a fire emergency plan and implement and maintain a fire risk management system.
Based on this legislation the most important requirement is to create a thorough and detailed fire safety risk assessment. The purpose of this document is to identify areas within your workplace that could potentially cause a fire, and which staff members are at risk. Typically, fire risk assessment includes all possible sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen.
The legislation also requires businesses to ensure that all their employees receive adequate fire safety training. The comprehensive training should include key procedures to follow during a fire, fire drills and equip staff with the ability to spot potential fire hazards.
Although you can not predict whether or not a fire will happen, you can certainly enforce preventative measures which could be the difference in eliminating or minimising the risk of injury or death in an emergency situation.
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