Ensuring workplaces are COVID-19 safe has been of the utmost importance for business owners but the need to ensure that workplaces continue to be fire safe environments is still just as important.
When people are allowed back into offices and workspaces, businesses must keep in mind that they need to prevent, protect and respond to workplace fire incidents in line with regulations and guidelines.
It’s vital for employers to review fire risk assessments and emergency plans to make sure they remain up to date and that they continue to have all the necessary actions in place to reduce the risk of fire in their workplaces. If you’re a business owner, here are some questions you need to be asking yourself before employees come back into work.
With many operations on pause or working at a reduced capacity, as you kick back into “business as usual” the risk environment could have created some additional fire issues that need to be taken into account. Additionally, with so much focus on the pandemic, many companies may have unintentionally fallen behind on dealing with fire safety issues.
You’ll need to ensure that all your fire equipment is working properly and all maintenance checks are up to date and complete. If your workplace has been empty for a while it’s only natural that this hasn’t been an issue but before welcoming employees back, you’ll need to make sure that everything is in hand. Have you done fire extinguisher checks? Are all fire alarms and emergency lighting working? Does anything need servicing? Has there been an increase in staff? Are they trained in fire procedures and the building layout? You need to answer these questions to ensure the safety of your employees.
Social distancing guidelines or the addition of any safety equipment may have changed your workspace in terms of layout, and also travel distances to escape routes if one-way systems are in place. Make sure that fire risk assessments and associated recommendations remain appropriate for your current layout, not your old one, and that fire detection and fire equipment has not become obstructed in any way. If you have any doubts, then we would recommend reviewing your fire risk assessment.
The last year has provided many challenges to businesses across all sectors but despite the distractions and disruptions, fire safety still remains as important and critical as ever. If you’re in need of fire risk assessments for your workplace before you welcome employees back, including help with fire extinguisher checks and maintenance, contact us at Total Fire Group.
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We offer our clients a complete fire safety management service, our key services include:
Delivering a comprehensive and detailed report on your property.
We can provide a partnership which offers auditing and consultancy services.
Manage multiple risk assessment actions with our Aurora software.
Our fire safety training courses cover every level of fire safety, from basic through to advanced.