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Make Sure Your Team Has Current Knowledge/Skills for Fire Prevention Equipment

welding workplace fire safety riskIt is the responsibility of employers and staff to ensure that a workplace is safe and free from hazards.

Fires rank as one of the most common workplace safety risk hazards in Canada, making correct fire prevention essential for all businesses.

Information in this post points you toward the best course for fire prevention equipment at your work site.

Why Is Fire Safety Crucial?

Fires represent a considerably high portion of workplace injuries and fatalities each year.

And most fires that occur around workplaces lead to colossal losses. In many cases, a workplace fire leads to irreparable loses and equipment damage.

Employers need to provide their staff fire safety training & information to keep their workforce and job site safe.

What Fire Prevention Equipment Should Workers/Employers Know How to Use or Activate?

preventing workplace fire safety riskIndustrial and construction worksites are more prone to fires than other workplaces. It is essential for employers and workers to have access to the latest operating information of:

  • Extinguishers (Foam extinguishers, CO2 extinguishers, Wet chemical extinguishers, Powder extinguishers)
  • Fire blankets
  • Hose Reels
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Signage (fire hazard warning, emergency exit signs)
  • Smoke alarms

With updated knowledge on these aspects of fire prevention equipment, it becomes easier to protect your workers and equipment.

Steps to Preventing Fires at the Workplace

Fire safety training after risk assessment involves a comprehensive prevention plan:

  • practicing fire fighting workplace fire safety riskDesignated areas for smoking (if allowed on-site) should be set up. These areas should also have spots where smoking materials can be extinguished safely. Provide workers information that areas for chemical storage are prohibited for smokers.
  • Maintain proper hygiene around the workplace. Remove all flammable debris after work.
  • Use correct, legible signage to identify potential fire risks.
  • Lubricate machinery where applicable to limit friction, overheating, and sudden sparks
  • All electrical cords should be removed from areas where there is a high chance of getting worn
  • Store chemicals in a safe place, away from areas where there is a likelihood of sparks or open flames

With workers aware of the above-stated steps, there is a higher chance of boosting workplace safety:

Response If a Fire Breaks Out

Even with all fire prevention skills updated, a blaze could break out without warning. In this regard, it is essential for workers and employers to have essential information to fight fires. Employers and workers can learn the following through fire safety training:

  • welding workplace fire safety riskThe emergency plan of their company
  • Role of the employee in fire prevention
  • Fire alarm activation
  • Orderly exiting and safe mustering at a designated point
  • What to do when exiting the fire scene
  • How to use a fire extinguisher

It is essential for employers and workers to take periodic fire drills. Regular fire drills help workers learn response improvement techniques.

Through regular practice, lapses in the fire exit plan can be assessed and addressed. Better responses to fire incidents prevent excessive damage and minimize the chances of any loss from an inferno incident.

Contact ACT for Up-to-Date Fire Prevention Training

Fire prevention is the responsibility of employers and staff.

At Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd., we pride ourselves as a world-class safety consulting company.

Talk to us today and get professional services to help you and your employees gain the latest fire safety information.