We’re slowly getting used to the ‘new normal’, and for many of us a big part of this is returning to work. If you are going back to the office it’s up to your employer to make arrangements for you to work safely.
Every employee should feel comfortable and safe within the workplace. And whilst social distancing and good hygiene practice may be at the forefront of our thinking, we’re here to talk about all aspects of office safety improvements.
Covid-19 has put safety in the office under the microscope and for those returning, important measures are being put in place to keep you safe. At First Reaction we think this is the perfect time to review all workplace safety programmes.
Fire safety within the workplace is a very important issue, with this being said, it’s not always number one on the priority list. This isn’t necessarily due to corner cutting or in an attempt to save money. But many people and organisations simply believe the outbreak of a fire won’t happen in their workplace.
Unfortunately, official statistics tell another story. On average 20,000 work place fires take place every year, which is almost 400 a week. The data also shows that any type of building could suffer with over 600 fires in hospitals, nearly 700 on education premises, close to 2000 in shops and over 2000 at industrial sites.
25% of these accidental fires were caused by faulty appliances/leads and 2,000 fires also resulted from the misuse of office equipment.
When it comes to fire safety, preparation is crucial. Moving quickly and knowing what to do in the event of an office fire can save lives.
A large part of being prepared for any emergency situation is having the proper safety equipment. As part of your office safety improvements, First Reaction can provide you with essential emergency first contact stations.
Not only will you be prepared in the event of an emergency, but it can offer both you and your employee’s important peace of mind.
Whether you work in a large building or personal office, a fire extinguisher is an important piece of equipment to have on hand. This type of emergency apparatus is designed to tackle small fires. As well as keeping them from getting out of control before fire and rescue arrive.
In order to work as an effective part of your office safety improvements, you’ll need to train designated employees on how to use an extinguisher. At First Reaction our compact safety equipment is easy to handle with some proper training. All of our fire kits also include fire safety guides to assist if emergency measures are needed.
A quarter of workplace fires are caused by electrical faults and a fire blanket can help prevent isolated fires from getting out of control.
If your work has a small office kitchen or large canteen, fire blankets can also be used for these types of fires. They work by cutting off the source of oxygen and smothering the fire when placed over flames. It’s most effective when tackling small fires often started by cooking with fats or oils and is ideal for those unfamiliar with a fire extinguisher.
When it comes to fire safety in the workplace, it is vitally important to have an escape plan. Even more crucial is making sure that your employees know what the plan is in the event of an office fire.
Workplace fires can spread rapidly and by taking the time to plan your escape you will be able to save lives. Make use of our Escape plan guides included in all kits and practice in advance. It will help you to remain calm and get to safety as quick as possible.
In the case of emergency and small fires, having a first aid kit at hand can make all the difference. Complete with a first aid booklet and first aid kit including burn dressings, First reaction’s product package means you can help your employees by reducing the risk of infection or the severity of injury.Back to news