As a homeowner, the best way to make sure you have a fire safety plan is to draw up the plan yourself, rather than hoping that someone else will do it.
Fire safety at work
As an employer, you are required by law to:
- Carry out fire risk assessments of the premises
- Regularly review risk assessments
- Inform staff of identified risks
- Put suitable fire safety measures into place and maintain them
- Plan for emergencies by creating a fire safety plan
- Provide staff with information, instruction and training in fire safety
In essence, this forms part of your responsibility to prevent accidents at work and ensures workers, visitors or suppliers are not injured at work if a fire should break out.
Your fire safety plan
Your fire safety plan must show:
- Clear passageways to escape routes, which must be clearly marked and as direct and short as possible
- Sufficient routes and exits to allow everyone within the building to escape
- Easily opening emergency doors
- Emergency lighting where appropriate
- A safe gathering point for members of staff
- Training for employees to ensure they know their escape routes are and use them
You may also need to make special arrangements to assist individuals with mobility needs. Fire drills should be carried out at least once every twelve months and results should be noted and kept as part of the plan.
Employees and fire safety
Employees must assist in preventing injuries at work by attending fire drills and following instructions and training as provided.
If, however, adequate training in safety procedures or fire-fighting equipment are not provided and you are subsequently hurt in a work accident or fire, you may be eligible to claim for work injury compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice