Running a business, whether you are the owner and therefore ultimately responsible for everything that happens in the building or the head of a department, is a multi-faceted role that requires dedication, focus, knowledge, and, most importantly, experience.
One highly important facet of ensuring the building in which you and your employees spend their working day is safe and comfortable is in the context of fire safety regulations, and so, with this in mind, here is how to ensure your workplace is up-to-date with such matters.
The Main Rules
Naturally, every workplace is entirely different, and whether you are responsible for an office floor within a larger building or rent or indeed own the entire premises, there are certainly more than a few universal rules concerning fire safety.
Such rules include, as a bare minimum, the following:
- Creating detailed fire safety plans for everyone in case of an emergency
- Carrying out regular fire risk assessments to identify any potential hazards
- Eliminate or at least drastically reduce any risks and hazards to a reasonable level
- Consider during the assessment anyone and everyone who could be at risk
Never Stop Updating Your Knowledge Base
As with any legal requirement, it is always the case that certain rules and regulations become updated and, over time, start to change and adapt to suit the latest innovations in business, and this certainly applies to fire safety procedures.
Take the time to learn the latest fire safety tips for the workplace and familiarize not only yourself but every member of the team with any relevant changes. This will ensure that moving forward, you will never fail a fire safety test and, of course, will be prepared for a fire in the event that it should happen.
Focus on the Safety Exit Routes
Studying the blueprint and floor layout of your workplace is an excellent place to start when planning a safe exit route in the event of a fire.
Ideally, there will be more than one route of escape accessible in any of the areas throughout the workplace, but if only one safe route is available, it needs to be entirely protected from fire and include fire-resistant doors, or else there needs to be a functional, automatic fire-safety system installed.
General Fire Precautions
The bare minimum you should be ensuring, which should be entirely functional and always accessible to customers and employees, comes down to a method of fighting a small and manageable fire and a fire warning and detection system throughout the building.
A shouted, recorded warning is sufficient in the context of an alarm system and is often used in a traditional office setting, or else you can invest in a computerized alarm system instead. Finally, it is crucial to ensure that all fire extinguishers for fighting with water, foam, carbon dioxide, and powder have a guaranteed shelf life and are purchased from a reputable and renowned supplier. You need to make sure that fire extinguisher inspection requirements are always met and that all the equipment is working properly at all times.