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Safety Management In Offices
Are you the person in charge of office safety? Whether you’re an employer or the designated office health and safety officer, you’re responsible for the safety and well-being of your employees/ colleagues, customers, and visitors, including any contractors hired to carry out work around the office. A considerable part of fire safety is the prevention of fires. As the person in charge, you are responsible for ensuring that adequate measures are in place to prevent fire outbreaks and protect individuals during outbreaks.
A crucial step is a fire risk assessment, which you can arrange today when you call UK Safety Management (UKSM). We provide all essential electrical and fire safety servicing to private and public clients.
We’re a trusted name in this industry, offering complete nationwide coverage. We provide friendly, fast, and efficient services tailored to each client’s needs and budget. And we work tirelessly to ensure your compliance with UK regulations. Phone 03330163622 to get started.
Fire Safety in Offices
Fire safety in the workplace is very important because thousands of workplace fires occur every year. The result is millions of pounds in damages, and often these fires result in serious injuries or fatalities. Some workplaces are more prone to fires than others, but every office should have a fire safety plan to protect the property, employees, and visitors.
It’s important to recognise the causes of fire when instigating fire prevention measures. There are various things you can do to ensure that your office is protected from fire outbreaks. This includes checking all electrical equipment and ensuring each device is up-to-date and in good working condition. Other steps involve having fire doors and extinguishers fitted and ensuring these are checked regularly.
Any flammable materials should be stored away from electrical equipment or other heat sources. All employees should be familiar with where fire exits are located, what’s covered under the fire safety plan, and where the meeting point is following an evacuation.
At UKSM, we take fire safety in offices seriously. Not only do we ensure that you have the right precautions in place, but our comprehensive fire risk assessments ensure your employees have the right safety training, too.
Why Staff Fire Safety Training Is Important
So, with the consequences associated with fire outbreaks, it’s important that you adhere to safety regulations, that a fire risk assessment is completed, and that you act quickly and decisively if a fire breaks out.
Having a dedicated office fire safety officer can go a long way to mitigating much of the risk. These staff members are trained, possessing the knowledge and awareness of how to act in the event of a fire. And they will ensure that all employees possess a basic level of fire safety training, which can prove invaluable by minimising injuries, saving lives, and potentially saving the company money.
A designated fire warden can assume charge in any given situation where a fire is involved. They can also schedule fire drills, teach others how to use fire extinguishers, and even carry out visual checks on fire doors to determine if they might need looking at by a professional.
What Are Some Consequences of Fire Damage in The Workplace?
There is a wide range of potential causes of fire damage in the workplace, and these include:
- Faulty Electrics
- Flammable or Combustible Materials
- Human Error
It goes without saying that fire is not without its consequences, with one of the most significant being the damage caused to a property, often estimated in the millions of pounds. While the financial cost might be significant, what’s worse is the risk to life. Thousands of injuries and fatalities occur every year because of workplace fires.
Those who survive can often find their lives irrevocably changed, requiring multiple medical treatments to restore some semblance of normality.
In addition to injury, loss of life, and property damage, a fire outbreak will cause an interruption in business, leading to financial loss. Your reputation might even be damaged if the fire was found to be a result of negligence.
Fire Risk Assessment for Offices
All businesses are legally required to perform a Fire Safety Assessment (FSA). Also known as fire risk assessments, FSAs involve lengthy checks designed to identify and evaluate the different risk factors present. Once identified, the correct course of action can be recommended, leading to the implementation of precautions designed to protect the building, employees, and visitors.
There are more than 22,000 fires in non-dwelling buildings every year in the UK. And most of these fires are because of human error or electrical fires. As such, the importance of having adequate safety regulations in place cannot be overstated.
Most fires in offices are categorised as ‘accidental’. By removing potential hazards, you’re taking care of factors that could trigger a fire in the future. By undergoing safety training and establishing strict guidelines communicated to all individuals, you greatly reduce the likelihood of serious injury or fatalities occurring because of a fire outbreak.
Potential Office Fire Hazards
Preventing fires comprises a considerable part of ensuring safety in offices. It’s believed that around 31% of all office fires are because of electrical faults, but this is by no means the only cause of a fire that you need to be aware of.
As stated above, other hazards range from human error to arson and the incorrect storage of flammable materials. Workplaces with hazardous chemicals must also be careful.
Here are a few helpful tips to consider when identifying and managing potential fire hazards in your workplace:
- Ensure all electrical equipment, such as photocopiers, printers, and plug sockets, are maintained properly and are PAT tested annually.
- Do not store flammable materials such as paper or card under desks or near electrical equipment.
- It is advisable not to have a toaster in the kitchen or dining space, but if this is required, always ensure it is attended to during use.
- Make sure escape routes are safeguarded and easily accessible, particularly for taller buildings.
99 Things About Office Health and Safety
There’s an awful lot to consider when it comes to managing health and safety in the office. Our office safety management team realises that not all clients will be aware of the potential hazards that are in and around their office, causing potential harm to employees. To help clients, we’ve put together a blog post detailing 99 things about office health and safety that you need to know. Don’t forget that you can always reach out to our experts for further information and advice.
Why Choose Us
Trusted for over 15 years
In the time that we’ve been operating, we’ve built up an excellent reputation because of the consistently high standard of work that we deliver. All our engineers are fully trained and qualified to carry out the services you need. We are accredited by NICEIC and our fire safety technicians are accredited by BAFE, ensuring all services are carried out in accordance with UK legislation.
Clear and upfront pricing
We’re always clear and upfront with the costs for our services, and competitively priced. Speak to our team today for a quote based on your needs. On the day of your service, if you need to have any of your electrical appliances repaired through remedial work we’ll provide you with a free no obligation quote.
As most people book services and tests well in advance our team will contact you again before the service is carried out to make sure the date is still convenient. We also have a dedicated renewals team so you never miss a test or service expiry date.
The Industries in Which We Specialise
Thanks to the skill and versatility of our staff, we can deliver the same high standard of work across all industries.
“UK Safety Management is proud to be your go-to electrical and fire safety partner. We aim to safeguard people and property from the threat of workplace hazards. We’re trusted, reliable, knowledgeable, and dedicated to delivering exceptional customer care.”
UK Safety Management MD