Ignoring fire safety may lead to prison

As we’ve been highlighting lately, fire risk assessments are a must now for the workplace.  In the most serious cases ignorance can lead to injury or death but failure to comply to the 2005 Regulatory Reform of the Fire Safety act can mean a possible prison sentence.  A recent case saw a Preston landlord end up before a judge for putting lives at risk for failure to abide by fire safety rules and told he could end up in jail.

A fire emergency evacuation plan also known as FEEP is a document that businesses should prepare that covers all action to be taken by staff in the event of a fire.  It also should include additional steps such as arrangements for calling the fire brigade and training required.

It is highly advisable for any company to nominate members of staff to implement the fire action plan (at least one person is required by law to be a “Responsible Person” within the company assigned to oversee risk assessment and internal policies relating to fire safety) and give them adequate training in fire fighting / evacuation procedures.

As a guide the following items should be considered within the workplace:

  •  Fire wardens/marshals (responsible person)
  • Fire fighting equipment provided (extinquishers, blankets)
  • Fire prevention equipment (smoke detectors)
  • Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Calling the fire brigade
  • Places of assembly and how to monitor visitors (roll call, sign in book)
  • Action on discovering a fire
  • Power isolation (if safe)
  • Protocols for ensuring clutter free environment

Although we have covered most of this in our three part “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace” guide we’d like to highlight that you can never be too prepared for a fire in the workplace.  At TutorCare we offer a wide range of Fire Safety Training courses that are available either in-house, online or at our dedicated regional centres across the country.  From practical advice on the use of fire extinguishers to training for fire marshals we are here to help and will continue to help highlight risks that not only cost companies thousands each year but also threaten the safety of your staff and the longevity of your business.Stay safe and call us today on 0333 331 7052

Fire Safety risk assessments

The Fire Safety regulatory reform order 2005, requires all premises used for non-domestic purposes (with a few small exceptions) to undertake regular fire risk assessments. Companies must have a designated “Responsible Person” whose job is to make certain specific actions are carried out to prevent fires and injury / death if a fire actually occurs.  It is estimated that there are nearly 20,000 commercial fires in the UK each year and the act was passed to ensure companies take fire safety seriously.

TutorCare offer a BSC (British Safety Council) accredited online course for staff in any sector covering fire risk assessment and associated laws.  The course that comes with a digital certificate upon completion is designed for management and employees who need to identify risks in their workplace but don’t necessarily have the time to attend training courses elsewhere.

For more details please see our BSC Fire Risk Assessment Course here.

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 3)

The final part in our Fire Safety Tips for the workplace covers fire detection, prevention (such as fire doors) and warning systems. We also include a list of useful links regarding fire safety law and legislation at the foot of the post. Continue reading “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 3)”

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace

Today sees the first of a three part series of posts on Fire Safety tips in the Workplace.  We hope you find them useful for your business.

As a business owner and more importantly as an employer you are required by law to ensure that your property has been assessed for the risk of fire and that related policies / procedures are in place mitigating such risks. The responsibility not only extends beyond your employees but also to anyone visiting the workplace.The following article contains some simple steps you can take to help nullify any potential risks associated with fire and the devastating effect it can have on a modern day business. Continue reading “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace”

First Aid and accidents in the Workplace

Accidents in the workplace although rare do unfortunately happen. While you can take precautions to minimise occurrences of such accidents when they do take place you may need to act quickly to avoid further injury or in the worst case save a life. In addition any accidents no matter how serious can also have a negative impact on productivity and output for the organisation itself.

Making your workplace safer can involve training, raising awareness regarding potential risks and installing safety equipment on site. Any workplace injury must be addressed no matter how minor. The types of injury will vary depending upon the environment and in particular the industry but common ones include; fractures, cuts, burns and bleeding as well as pulled muscles. Any incident within the workplace must be logged and reported following the legislation set out by the Health & Safety Executive body for the UK. Known as the “Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations” or (RIDDOR), the HSE have set out a guide to employees and employers regarding their responsibilities for any accident that occurs as a direct result of activity in the workplace.

No matter how small your workforce is, it is important to have one or more staff members trained in at least the basics of First aid. TutorCare offer a wide range of training options, onsite or online that can help ensure your staff know what to do in case of an emergency.

Below are a list of 5 tips on how to deal with common accidents within your workplace and are covered in our First Aid at Work Training (HSE) coursePlease note where you are in doubt always call 999 for further assistance. These tips are aimed at helping those with low level injury and ideally should only be done by those that have been suitably trained. You should always seek assistance from a qualified first aider or the medical services with anything more life threatening.

1) When an injured person is discovered, ensure both the victim and the first aider are clear of further danger or hazards. There should be no risks of further injury to either party whilst treatment is undertaken. Switch off machinery and clear space if necessary. If they need to be moved due to further threat being imminent do so providing the casualty isn’t suffering from a spinal or head injury.

2) If a casualty appears to have potential head or spinal injuries, stay with them and raise the alarm for others to contact the ambulance service on 999. Moving the injured person may result in further damage and needs to be done by those that are trained to do so. The same applies to anyone with a broken leg or damaged foot.

3) If the employee suffers from a burn (none hazardous), cool the area as soon as possible with cold water. If deemed serious get them to hospital as quickly as possible.

4) If the casualty is bleeding, raise the injured area above the heart (if possible) and immediately apply some pressure on or near the wound to reduce bleeding. Once the bleeding eases, clean the area ideally with antiseptic and fit a dressing or bandage on the area. Again if the injury is serious either call 999 or take them directly to hospital for further medical attention.

5) Any eye injury will require cleaning as soon as possible. Ensure only clean water is used and attempt (where possible and safe) to get any alien object or substances out of the eye. If this proves difficult and symptoms do not improve seek medical assistance at hospital as they may need specialist treatment to avoid serious damage to the eye.

All of our first aid courses cover the above in much more detail and are designed to benefit not only your business but the individuals that take part. Nothing is more important than ensuring an employee is treated quickly should an accident occur. First Aid Training may not be a pre-requisite in some companies but investing in your staff can make the difference between life and death should a serious incident ever occur on site.

Useful link –
www.fih.org.uk/firstaid.htm