Fire safety in schools is essential as there are a lot of pupils gathered in one place, and this, combined with the fact that school science laboratories often contain highly flammable and dangerous substances mean that an uncontrolled fire could quickly spread.
Fire safety is of the utmost importance in any building but particularly in the workplace environment when there may be several hundreds of employees for which you are responsible.
The law recognises the importance of fire safety in non-domestic premises. Any employer, landlord or owner who fails to abide by fire safety regulations is at risk of a heavy fine or even imprisonment.
As any responsible business owner, manager, or site manager knows, putting an effective fire safety plan in place is an essential part of ensuring optimal safety for staff members, customers, and visitors. With that in mind, we've explored some of the major aspects of fire safety which make devising and implementing an effective plan so important, as well as highlighting some key elements which your plan should include.
As little as a decade ago, warehouses were seen as a quite separate entity within the overall supply chain. They were intended merely for storage of merchandise until it was transported to its final destination. In recent years, however, the business community has become aware of the true potential of a properly optimised, state of the art warehouse to both safeguard assets and improve efficiency.
At Contact Fire & Security, we work closely with technology providers to deliver integrated warehouse solutions which go far beyond simply providing a convenient and secure storage facility. Used in conjunction with more established security equipment such as CCTV and alarm technology, the systems we install can be used to fully optimise warehouse security and enhance vital operational functions including stock management, workflow, and order fulfilment.
While what works most effectively will of course vary, we find that the following strategies for improving both security and efficiency will be beneficial in most warehouse settings.
Achieving optimum security for your business requires a methodical approach which addresses a number of key elements, both in terms of the characteristics of the building itself and the way in which your business operates. A successful security strategy will utilise a range of different technologies and techniques to create an integrated system which is able to respond and adapt to security issues and threats on an ongoing basis.
While the specific warehouse security challenges your business faces will require a degree of prioritisation, during our many years in the industry we have identified a number of issues which have proved to be all but universal. In order to help you ensure that none of these are overlooked in your own warehouse security strategy, we've put together this straightforward, informative checklist.
Fire safety is a concern that many still take lightly, yet the effects of a fire in either a commercial or domestic property can be devastating. A major fire in a business premises can result in both the loss of lives and result in the business having to cease operations. Taking fire safety seriously and ensuring that your building is protected to the highest standards can prevent unnecessary devastation. Statistics released by the government suggest nearly three quarters of businesses that are involved in a major fire incident never reopen again, or cease to exist within three years. This highlights the importance for advanced fire safety precautions in a business setting.
The government also suggests that a significant majority of large fires (67 percent), happen when buildings aren't in use. This signifies the need for businesses to implement and follow strict health and safety procedures when it comes to protecting staff, assets, and their organisation in general.
Equipping and managing a warehouse in order to deliver optimal fire prevention and safety levels requires a broad approach which employs a varied mix of technologies, strategies, and procedures. These include fire recognition and prevention solutions such as fire alarms/pagers and air sampling equipment, fire risk assessments, and fire suppression technology.
If you are responsible for any business premises, warehouse or apartment building, you have a legal obligation to carry out or commission a proper fire risk assessment carried out by a “competent person”. In theory, anyone can undertake a fire risk assessment provided that they follow the relevant guidelines carefully. In practice, however, this course of action is inadvisable unless you have a strong background in buildings maintenance and the premises in question has a limited number of occupants who are not engaged in any complex activities.