Biomass Boiler Safety

The Primary Risks and Hazards of Biomass Systems

Anyone involved in the use, installation and maintenance of a boiler system needs to have health and safety at the forefront of their minds. Whatever type of system you are using, where there is a heat source and water, there is always the potential for accidents and injury if someone is careless or does not know what they are doing.

This is particularly the case when it comes to biomass boilers, for which there are a variety of factors that need to be considered, including correct installation, appropriate storage of fuel and safe operation.

Regulations

There are no specific Health and Safety regulations for biomass systems as such, but if you have one professionally installed, the fitter is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations from 2015.

However, the responsibility does not end with the installer. The owner and operator also has a duty to ensure both the system and the fuel is used correctly and for the purposes intended – this is particularly important if the boiler is operating in a public place.

Inherent risks

Most systems are imported from elsewhere within Europe, so it is important to ensure that yours is manufactured in accordance with the appropriate safety standards. Look for a CE mark, which will tell you that it meets European requirements.

The risks associated with a biomass system essentially fall into three categories, which are fuel delivery, fuel storage / handling and combustion. We will take a look at each in turn.

Delivery

The fuel for a biomass system is typically delivered by truck, which tips the wooden pellets into a store. The risks associated with a large vehicle manoeuvring in a confined space are obvious, but there are also considerations relating to potential falls from height, people getting caught in machinery and even asphyxiation if someone is in the storage facility when the delivery takes place.

It is important to keep the area well clear of people, particularly children, and pets when delivery takes place, and to make absolutely certain that there is nothing and nobody in the store prior to unloading.

Storage

When storing a flammable substance, the foremost risk is that of fire. Keep the storage area secure, and ensure nobody smokes in or close to it.

There is also the potential for slips and falls, particularly where children are concerned. A wood store or silo can look like a tempting place to play, so keeping it locked up tight is doubly important if there are kids around.

Combustion

The risks here come in three sub categories. The wet side risks are much the same as for any other type of boiler where hot water, at potential pressure, is involved. It is important to bear in mind that unlike other boilers, a biomass device cannot be instantly shut down.

The fire side risks are specific to biomass. The type of combustion means that users are inevitably getting close to the fire source, and therefore correct operation is absolutely essential to reduce the risk of fire.

Finally, there is the risk associated with flues and chimneys. Toxic gases, including CO, will be created by the combustion process, and adequate ventilation is imperative. There is also the potential for explosive gases to build up, and for this reason, having explosion relief measures built into the flue is an excellent safety precaution to consider.

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How To Reduce Risk of Falling in Later Life

6 Simple Steps To Help Prevent Falls

Falls become more common as we get older and the consequences can be serious. But there are a few healthy and safety at home steps you can take to help minimise the risks.

As we get older, many of us become less steady on our feet and, as a result, trips and falls become more common. In fact, around one in three people over the age of 65 will suffer at least one fall each year.  Falls in later life can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries and fractured hips. They can also impact on our mental health and wellbeing, causing anxiety and affecting self-confidence. Luckily, there are some simple steps we can all take to help minimise the risk of falls as we enter later life.

Exercise

Improving your balance, strength, flexibility and coordination can help reduce your risk of falling, so consider taking some form of regular gentle exercise. Swimming, tai chi or walking can all work well, and Independent People Homecare advise undertaking a programme of home-based exercises to help you feel steadier on your feet. To find the best exercise for you, ask your doctor to refer you to a physiotherapist who will be able to devise an exercise programme that is tailored to your individual requirements.

Sensible shoes

It may sound obvious, but wearing the right footwear can make a big difference when it comes to ensuring your health and safety. Avoid shoes with slippery soles, high heels, or slippers with no support; instead opt for sturdy, well-fitting shoes with a non-slip sole. As well as helping to prevent falls, sensible shoes can also have the added benefit of helping to reduce joint pain.

Regular eye checks

Poor vision can affect your balance and coordination, and is estimated to be responsible for over 270,000 falls amongst the over 60s each year. With this in mind, it’s important to have regular eye tests so that any problems with your eyesight can be detected and dealt with at an early stage, helping to reduce the risk of accidents and falls.

Home modifications

When it comes to preventing falls, some simple home modifications can make all the difference. What you need will depend on your individual situation, but features such as grab bars for the bath or shower, raised toilet seats, and hand rails for the stairs can all help to make your home a safer place. Smaller measures such as installing good lighting, moving furniture, and using non-slip mats in the bathroom can also be surprisingly effective. A good place to start is with a home hazard assessment where a health professional visits your home in order to identify potential hazards and suggest solutions.

Review medication

Some medications can cause side effects such as dizziness or dehydration which, in turn, can lead to falls. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your GP to have your medication reviewed. This should happen once a year in any case and is especially important if you are taking four or more different medicines a day. If your medication is causing a problem, your doctor may be able to lower the dose or prescribe an alternative.

Care and support

If you are increasingly unsteady on your feet it may be that you require some additional support in order to keep yourself safe and well. When it comes to care, there are a number of options available, from residential care homes through to day care and home help. Generally speaking, people who are cared for in their own home are less likely to fall as they are more familiar with their surroundings. Hiring a live-in carer can help you to safely remain in your own home, and it also means that help will be on hand immediately in the event that you do suffer a fall.

Growing older comes with its hazards, but that doesn’t mean your quality of life has to suffer. By taking some relatively simple measures you can help to keep yourself safe and reduce your risk of falling, enabling you to enjoy your later years to their full potential.

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Health and Safety For Kitchen Fitters

The average kitchen is filled with numerous hazards that may go unnoticed until an accident happens. That’s why if you work as a kitchen fitter, it’s important to control the risks and hazards around you.

Lifting and using heavy objects

Kitchen fitters are used to carrying heavy objects in the workplace, whether it be tools, equipment or materials for the job. Granite worktops are a popular choice when it comes to having kitchen worktops replaced for example, so it’s important to know how to lift a heavy object properly.

The correct lifting technique is to keep a wide base of support and squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. It’s important to keep a good posture and slowly lift the object by straightening your hips and knees. It’s important to keep the object you’re lifting as close to you as possible. Change direction with small steps and be careful to set down slowly.

There are plenty of high performance back supports on the market that can help you with your posture and reduce the risk of causing injury or harm to yourself.

Using and storing power tools correctly

It may seem like common knowledge, but it’s important to ensure all power tools and equipment are stored safely when not in use. Ensure protective guards are on and that everything is unplugged. Take each job one by one, don’t overload a plug with extension cables and extra plugs because this could damage the electrical system and even cause a fire.

It’s important to keep tools off the floor and to create a dedicated space where they can be kept whilst completing a kitchen job. To control the accumulation of dust on the tools, which is inevitable for kitchen fitters who are constantly cutting and fitting, it’s important to put them back in store. Otherwise, dust could ruin the motor of a machine and prevent it from working.

Safely dealing with water, electric and gas

Only trained and certified electricians and gas fitters are permitted to disconnect and reconnect the appliances. Any electrical work that is carried out in the kitchen is subject to Building Regulations.

To help reduce the risks presented by the use of gas in the workplace, it’s important that all new gas equipment is being supplied and fitted by a Gas Safe Register engineer. All gas appliances should have arranged regular servicing and it’s important that a kitchen is fitted in such a way that there is adequate airflow around gas appliances.

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Maintain a Safe Building Site

It’s important to maintain a safe working environment to ensure there are no hazards or potential accidents waiting to happen. Tidying up a building site is often a job that is left to the end of the day, but this shouldn’t be the case as it just means you are exposing yourself and others to hazards all day.

So with this in mind, here are 10 good housekeeping rules for a tidy site. With these implemented, you should see a reduction in accidents and near misses to your workforce. It is important to make all workers onsite aware of the safety rules, so after you find local tradesmen, be sure to run a health and safety induction for all site workers.

Designate an area for rubbish and waste and store materials safely

Create an area where all the rubbish and waste can go, whether it be a designated skip or other waste disposal bin. It’s a good idea to segregate the waste types for reuse, recycle and landfill. Making it a lot easier to sort out at the end of the week!

Materials and tools need to be stored safely to prevent any crushing injuries or damage to property. Poorly stacked materials can also block access routes and pathways, making it a hazard for people working around them.

Maintain a safe work area and keep access routes clear

Throughout the day, make sure to check the work area and clear up as you go along.  If trip hazards and mess is starting to build up, it’s better to sort it out sooner rather than later before any accidents happen.

A safe work area means it is easily accessible and easy to get out of. Ensure materials, tools and benches are stored away from gangways and corridors. Having these tools blocking corridors could impede someone’s escape route or be a trip hazard.

It would be worthwhile to hire Euromats for your building site as they can help protect work areas and roads from heavy vehicles. They’re also good to use as pedestrian surfaces on construction sites.

Put tools away once the job is done and set a tidy example

Put away any tools or equipment that aren’t being used. It’s easy to leave tools lying around because you’re moving from job to job, but it’s important to put them away so they aren’t a hazard to yourself and your colleagues.

Take responsibility for the whole workforce; if you see something laying around be sure to move it to a safe place. Leaving tools laying around on the floor and stairways will only cause people to trip and fall. Don’t wait for someone else to move it!

If it’s broken, fix it

It’s important to ensure things are in good working order on the site. Damaged tools or equipment must be taken out of use immediately and steps must be taken to either throw it away or have it repaired.

Tidy up trailing leads and cables

Leads and cables from equipment are the most common trip hazards, especially when using portable equipment. You may not have a socket close in the working area, but it’s important to make sure the lead is away from walkways or access points.

Avoid fire risks

It’s important to make sure waste and materials are stored as far away as possible from fire escapes, in the case of an emergency. Make sure waste material is stored away from sources of ignition to avoid any fires from breaking out. If all waste is regularly collected and put into a skip or bin, in the event of a fire, the danger is then confined and more easily dealt with.

Make others aware

It’s important that everyone gets involved in keeping the work area tidy, and that requires commitment from everyone. Get everyone practising good housekeeping techniques and your workforce will be on their way to a tidy and safe site for everyone.

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Safety Advice For Surveyors

Staying safe in various hazardous outdoor environments and weather

Construction is one of the most hazardous industries in terms of injuries and fatalities, and while land surveyors aren’t directly classified as construction workers, they’re often undertaking their duties in potentially dangerous situations. Construction areas, mines and working near busy roads are a few examples of the hazards surveyors often face.

Some basic safety procedures should be adopted to minimise the risk of accidents and injury when undertaking topographical surveys.

Construction site risks

Wherever building or construction of any sort is taking place, risks inevitably abound and it’s important to ensure safety.

The surveyor should ensure they’re briefed on any particular safety hazards and procedures existing in the construction area they’re working in. It’s not just the obvious such as heavy vehicular movement and possible falling objects, but also the importance of bearing in mind the possible need for hearing and eye protection.

The surveyor should ensure they’re equipped with basic safety wear such as high vis jackets, hard hats and safety footwear, whether or not the construction site provides them.

Unstable conditions

A surveyor may find themselves working on unstable areas including loose rocks and stone – especially dangerous if near an incline or sheer fall such as down a hillside. Slippery conditions such as near water need to be taken account of and protected against by using suitable footwear and maybe a safety harness.

Remote areas

Surveyors should ensure they’re fully equipped and prepared for work in remote locations where access to support could take time to reach.

For example, check vehicles are fit to undertake the journey and can easily be made roadworthy if problems occur; basics such as ensuring an inflated spare wheel is present and maybe a small tyre compressor is packed to deal with slow punctures. Along with one or two mobile phones (preferably on different networks just in case reception is poor for one of them) and in car chargers; Wilderness Scotland remind us that a fully charged battery is essential.

Ensure a sat nav and good paper map is included, and pack plenty of food and water. Non-perishable and easy to store foodstuffs such as energy bars are ideal.

Weather

It’s sometimes easy to forget how long surveyors may be out in various weather conditions, so preparation is key – maybe for various weather types bearing in mind the changeable nature of the UK climate.

Rain – durable waterproofs such as a good quality raincoat or waterproofs are a minimum along with plenty of cloths and towels to dry off and keep equipment dry.

Thunder and lightning – work should be suspended if thunder and lightning is present. Don’t shelter under a tree, and keep well away from equipment such as metal tripods as they can act as a lightning conductor.

Cold – several layers are the best way to stave off the colder weather, and something hot to drink is a good idea. If possible, taking breaks to warm up as extended periods in colder temperatures can affect performance and concentration can decline; especially dangerous if working in hazardous areas such as by a roadside.

Heat – keep covered without becoming uncomfortable. A brimmed hat and loose clothing will keep a surveyor outside in the sun as cool as possible; take plenty of water and keep hydrated – it’s easy to become dehydrated without realising it.

Don’t be tempted to skimp on safety; for example, don’t skip wearing the high vis jacket in the interests of wearing as little clothing as possible if working in a hazardous area. Use sunscreen and reapply at regular intervals to protect the skin against sun damage if out for an extended period.

Take plenty of breaks preferably in the shade – an outdoor umbrella could be a useful item to take along.

Insects and wildlife hazards

There could be a risk of bites, stings and more even if not surveying in a wildlife area such as a wood or forest. Wearing clothing that covers as much bare skin as possible is important even if a hot day makes it tempting to remove layers, and a basic first aid kit to treat insect bites is a worthwhile investment.

Traffic hazards

If working by roadsides, beware of traffic at close proximity possibly travelling at high speeds. High vis jackets are a minimum so motorists see the surveyor in good time, and ideally some signage warning approaching motorists that surveying is in progress ahead could be deployed.

Safety first

The main consideration for the surveyor is to prepare for the conditions and locations likely to be encountered. A suitable first aid kit appropriate to the circumstances should always feature in any planning.

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Industrial Cleaning Health and Safety

The need to follow safety procedures and use the right equipment

Industrial and commercial settings often require specialist, heavy duty cleaning involving the use of powerful materials and perhaps difficult access such as working at height when cleaning windows and hard to reach lighting installations. In either case, proper adherence to good health and safety procedures is vital and this often involves the use of protective equipment.

Risk assessment

When, for example, a contract cleaning company is asked to come and quote for a new job they would assess the risks involved in undertaking the cleaning tasks. If a company directly employs cleaners then they would carry out a risk assessment and communicate the findings to the cleaning staff.

Areas covered would include:

  • Slips and trips possibilities
  • Working at height implications
  • COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health)
  • Injury potential (lifting items to gain access to clean them, for example)

The above are all health and safety concerns, and the HSE has a section devoted to the cleaning industry.

The risk assessment would go on to cover areas such as:

  • Lines of communication between the cleaning company (or cleaning employees) and the business
  • Facilities available to the cleaners such as storage facilities and access to sinks and running water
  • The client company’s own safe practice activities such as keeping walkways clear, prompt mopping up of spillages and so on
  • Accident, ‘near miss’ and damage reporting (for example, loose floor tiles or anything with the potential to cause accidents)
  • The secure storage of cleaning equipment, especially hazardous substances and procedures put in place to ensure only trained cleaning staff can access them
  • What cleaning staff should do in the event of a fire

Hazards to cleaning personnel and remedies

Cleaning substances – some cleaning materials including fluids can be highly toxic and dangerous if not handled properly. If a certain product is used, then knowing what procedures to follow in its use and what safety equipment to use.

It may be that gloves and goggles are required and perhaps a breathing mask if the substance gives off dangerous fumes. Staff using the substance should know how much to use and (if applicable) how to prepare it; for example, how many parts of the substance to mix with water or similar.

It’s then important to assess what items of protective and safety equipment may be required (for example, disposable overalls or gloves) and ensuring a good supply is ordered from a suitable industrial cleaning supplies company.

Slips and trips – these can sometimes be caused by the cleaning staff to employees of the company. For example, not leaving warning signs out when a floor has been wet cleaned can cause hazards as could cleaning a surface with the wrong cleaning material that makes it slippery.

Good practices when using cabling such as when operating vacuum cleaners to avoid trips should be utilised.

Working at height – this is governed by Work at Height Regulations. Proper and thorough assessment and planning should be undertaken, and the ensuring that those working at height are competent to do so. Equipment such as ladders should be regularly checked and maintained, and proper fall prevention and fall breaking equipment (such as harnesses) should be used where applicable.

Injury prevention – cleaning is a physically demanding and labour intensive occupation, and staff are often working in awkward postures when accessing difficult to reach areas. Strain on muscles, nerves and bones can result.

The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees as far as is practical. With injuries, it’s a question of monitoring activities and looking for the following signs:

  • Increased sickness and absences amongst staff
  • More reports of pain and discomfort from employees especially relating to certain tasks or using a particular piece of equipment such as a heavy floor cleaner
  • More accidents and injuries being recorded
  • Low morale or reluctance amongst staff to undertake certain tasks
  • Evidence of staff wearing bandages, splints or some type of back support

If any or all of the above surface, then investigative work is required to isolate the issue.

Good cleaning practices

It all starts with an effective risk assessment and regular monitoring of the situation whether running a team of contract cleaners or directly employing cleaning staff.

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How to Manage Mobile Worker Health and Safety

IOSH issues a new guide for mobile workers’ health, safety and security.

New publication is specifically aimed at companies who deploy employees overseas on both long and short term assignments.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has teamed up with the International SOS Foundation to develop a new publication that outlines an organisation’s responsibilities for the health, safety and security of workers who travel overseas in the course of their work.

“Managing the Safety, Health and Security of Mobile Workers: An Occupational Safety and Health Practitioner’s Guide” is one of a range of IOSH courses in London. It discusses how an occupational safety and health professional’s skills, knowledge and expertise can help organisations care for workers who are travelling the world on business by developing the competencies to assess risk. It also gives guidance to subsequently plan, maintain and implement risk mitigation strategies, systems and procedures.

The Guide addresses the need for careful planning and preparation in considering worker wellbeing and medical, personal safety and security issues. It goes on to make the case for dynamic risk assessment, in which risk is constantly re-assessed in line with changing health, security and political conditions.

It also reviews such issues as safety while travelling on roads, things to consider when choosing accommodation and managing the risks from diseases.

In addition, the guide examines how to react if a critical situation develops, and highlights the need for advance planning in terms of scenario analysis and development of emergency action plans.

In recognition of the diversity of people in the workplace, the publication also covers the specific arrangements that may be required for women, older workers, workers with disabilities, those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and students on placement.

The guide aims to help companies build competencies and therefore resilience, allowing health and safety professionals to contribute to a company’s overall travel management processes.  As Dr Pascal Rey-Herme, group medical director at International SOS, says in the foreword to the Guide: “The world is changing. Many people no longer work in their home country. Organisations around the globe are expanding and sending their people to work in emerging markets and high-risk locations.”

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Health And Safety At Home: Don’t Leave Your Pets in the Conservatory in Summer

Keep your pets safe in hot weather by keeping them out of hot, stuffy living spaces

Conservatories can get very warm during the summer months – and that could be lethal for your pet.

We all love to spend time with our pets in the summer, and we’re always looking out for their well-being too. We make sure that they’ve got access to plenty of water, never leave them in hot cars and always ensure that we play with them in the shade. When it comes to leaving your pet at home though, it’s important to be aware of just how dangerous it can be to leave them in the conservatory.

Spending time together

We spend a lot of time in our conservatories during the summer. With the doors open and the sunshine streaming in through the windows, they’re a great place to relax. Chances are, your pets will be there with you too, whether it’s your cat making the most of the sun or your dog waiting for you to throw a ball out into the garden for them to catch. However, you should never be tempted to shut them in there while you’re not there.

Our pets are more sensitive to high temperatures

We’re all aware of the dangers of leaving our pets in the car, and those exact same dangers are there in your conservatory. It can become hot very quickly, and what starts as a comfortable temperature for your pet can soon become dangerous. Some conservatory glass, such as Solarlux windows, is very good at reflecting heat, but that’s to make the room more comfortable for you, not safe for your pets to be kept in. No matter how cool it may feel to you, it’s never worth the risk.

Keep your pet safe this summer

Babies can get too hot very quickly too, so take the same approach as you would do with your pets and never leave them unsupervised in your conservatory. When you do leave your pet indoors during the summer, always make sure that they have access to water and shade – and keep your conservatory off limits.

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Safety Advice For Roofers

Roofer safely working on a roof, with a harnessHow To Keep Safe On The Roof

Work as a roofer? You’ll know that safety is the most important part of the job. We take a look a rooftop safety.

If you work as a roofer, then you’ll already know that safety is the most important part of the job. With so much potential risks in this line of work, it’s essential to have adequate training and take all necessary precautions to prevent any nasty accidents. In this post we look at the most important things to remember if you want to keep safe while working on a roof.

Insurance

With a job that carries risks, it is especially important to take out roofers insurance so that you are covered in the event of any incidents. Do your research and make sure you get the best cover for your money.

Adequate Access Equipment

It’s essential to ensure that you have adequate access equipment in order to access a roof safely. This means having the right ladder for the space, and ensuring that all equipment is in full working order. It’s worth taking the time to search the internet to see what sort of new equipment is available – especially if you have been in the industry and using the same equipment for a long time. If this is the case, then it is also necessary to make sure that older equipment is checked and updated if required.

Edge Protection

In many cases it is necessary to set up some kind of edge protection, such as a guard rail, toe board or brick guard. This adds an extra layer of security should you or a colleague loose your footing or drop equipment – remember, you have to keep any potential passers-by safe, as well as yourself.

Personal Protective Equipment

It is essential to use adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) including helmets, goggles and gloves. Make sure any PPE used meets minimum safety standards and is in fully functioning order. This offers extra protection in the event of an accident, and can make all the difference between a minor and a major incident.

Keep The Site Tidy

It is essential to keep your site tidy at all times. It’s obvious that working at a height is risky, but don’t forget that it can be just as hazardous to be on the ground. Falling materials are one of the most common causes of accidents experienced by roofers, demonstrating the need to be clean and ordered. You should never throw anything from a roof, and it’s important to use nets if there is any chance of materials falling – this is mandatory if working in a public space.

Transport Materials Safely

You should never be tempted to carry too much up a ladder, as you risk losing your balance or dropping materials on people standing below. It’s far better to make several trips and take longer doing a safe job.

Respond to the Weather

There are some weather conditions in which you should not be on a roof – heavy rain makes surfaces slippery and hazardous. Never be tempted to work in circumstances that could potentially be risky, as many people have learnt this lesson the hard way.

Consider going on a health and safety awareness training course before starting your first job. If you are a self-employed contractor, this is especially important.

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Workplaces Need To Improve Fire Health and Safety

Office fireYou Can’t Be Too Safe

Businesses are bound by law to maintain the safety of their employees and any people who may visit their premises, but it’s fair to say many do the minimum required and, once done, it often gets put to one side. The thinking perhaps is that, being that they’ve ‘done’ the fire safety checks for another few months, all is well.

Fire and other aspects of safety should ideally be an ongoing concern of a business as things can soon change turning a low risk environment to a higher risk one.

For example, a heater moved into an office since the last fire checks were made back in the summer could suddenly present a fire risk – especially if it’s near flammable materials. Perhaps those bin bags full of old paper work from clearing a few filing cabinets not present last time fire safety checks were undertaken present a risk now?

Risk Assessment

Employers must undertake a fire risk assessment, but the important thing is to keep it up to date and use it as the foundation for fire safety. This goes hand in hand with general health and safety risk assessments, and ideally should be referred to frequently.

By getting into the habit of checking fire risks regularly, new hazards will be picked up on sooner.

Equipment

Many businesses ‘get by’ with the minimum of firefighting equipment and warning signs. Safety and risk reduction could be reduced considerably by doing more – for example by having more fire extinguishers and smoke alarms than are necessary.

Regarding signs, add more to warn against fire hazards and display fire exits signs, and keep abreast of new signage legislation.

General workplace equipment such as electrical items including computers and photocopiers – even the office kettle – can become a fire hazard. Overheating and frayed cabling presents a risk, so inspections such as PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) should be kept up to date. If no such inspections are currently in place then it’s worthwhile implementing them.

The Employee’s Role

Often overlooked, but employees should take an active part in fire safety measures. As they’re familiar with their specific work area, they should be able to spot risks as they develop – companies could do more to install a culture of ongoing vigilance amongst their employees.

Encouraging tidiness is a help; rather than letting hazardous items build up, such as stacks of paper or that heater hastily wheeled in to add a bit of extra warmth during a cold spell, ask your employees to monitor their workplace fire risks frequently.

Training is linked to fire safety; companies should review more regularly the training and safety procedures in place for those employees working in a hazardous area or with flammable materials. What are the latest safety procedures and are they being implemented?

Less Obvious Fire Risks

More thought could be given to materials and substances that can provide a fire risk over and above the obvious. Substances such as petrol, thinners and certain chemicals are obvious risks but what about less obvious ones such as dust, grease and packaging materials?

For example, large amounts of dust could prevent electrical equipment ventilating properly so causing a fire risk. These should come under the general risk assessment but make room for the ‘less obvious’ risks.

Doing A Little Extra

It’s tempting to do the minimum necessary when it comes to fire safety checks and monitoring; after all, there are many demands on the working day. That said, more businesses could add to their fire safety regime and make their workplace much less of a fire hazard.

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