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Catastrophic losses – human, property and environmental – can have significant impact on your company’s production, morale and continued viability. The damage and downtime resulting from even a “small fire” can be detrimental to your company’s ability to remain in business.

What you can do

The first thing you can do to protect your employees, your property and the environment from a fire is to do a workplace assessment. You will be evaluating your workplace for:

  • Potential fire hazards
  • Effectiveness of your life safety systems (fire alarm, fire extinguishers, fire doors etc)
  • Evacuation procedures

Next, collect an inventory of all the hazardous materials used in your workplace; this will prove useful in developing your fire prevention plan. Follow this up with a walk-through assessment of your workplace. Your inspection should answer questions such as:

  • Are all sources of ignition identified?
  • Is all wiring properly installed and of approved construction, without extensions or temporary wiring?
  • Are ventilation systems implemented and working properly?
  • Is garbage removed daily or more frequently?
  • Are aisles and floors free of oil and other flammable spills?
  • Is there an approved fire safety plan posted?
  • Is there a spill control procedure posted?

Using the information you have collected, develop a basic floor plan. The results of your workplace assessment will help you determine the need to improve or implement fire prevention and control procedures and/or an emergency plan.


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