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WARNING: Your fire safety measures could be leaving a burning hole in your safety management

by , 14 April 2014
Fire is one of the biggest threats to any business and it can result in the loss of life and property. Many businesses are just unable to recover after a fire and close down as a result. As an employer and manager of the premises, it's your responsibility to have proper fire safety measures. Use these tips to ensure your fire safety measures aren't leaving a burning hole in your safety management.

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If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you'll be charged with culpable homicide and penalties of R100 000. You can get two years in jail! 
 
As CEO or owner of a company, you are personally accountable for health and safety at work.
Do you know how to investigate an accident?
 
Do you have all of the necessary control measures in place?
Do you know what your duties are as the employer when an accident happens at work?
Do you know what documents you need to complete after the accident?
 
 
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How to do a fire risk assessment
 
To ensure that you have proper fire safety measures in place, you have to do a complete fire risk assessment. This will help you to find the places where a fire risk is likely to happen. 
 
CHG Safety says the first step on any fire risk assessment should be finding possible ignition points. This is the point at which a fire is most likely to start. This could be any open flame, an electrical problems or employees that smoke. Part of this would also be to check for flammable things such as chemicals. You need to make sure they are stored properly.
 
The next part of the risk assessment is to identify who are most at risk. Workers who work near or with fire are more at risk than someone in an office. It's important to do proper toolbox talks with those whose construction jobs put them at risk. 
 
The next step is to put proper safety measures in place…
 
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What is proper fire safety equipment?
 
According to the Health and Safety Advisor your construction regulations check list should always include fire safety measures. This includes proper storage of flammable materials. You must also put up safety signs warning against smoking or open flames. 
 
Make sure that you follow these safety regulations to avoid a fire in your office. 
 


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