Whether you are a business owner, a manager, or an employee at a company, you undoubtedly know how important it is for everyone in your building to feel safe on a daily basis. This is true no matter what industry you work in.
There is no reason anyone should feel unsafe while they are on the job. One way to ensure your staff feels comfortable and confident each and every day is to have a solid fire safety plan in place. As you continue reading, you will see some helpful tips that will help you create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone on your team.
One of the best ways to ensure that your staff feels confident about fire safety is providing them with an evacuation plan they can trust. As a matter of fact, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires businesses to have emergency evacuation plans (EAP) in place. Regular fire drills will help your employees know exactly what to do if an actual emergency situation arises.
Maintaining the condition of your business’s fire safety equipment is another good way to make sure that your workers are safe and protected. All smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and indoor sprinkler systems should be inspected by qualified professionals on a regular basis. Faulty equipment should be replaced immediately, and all fire safety items should be stored in an easily accessible space.
This tip goes along with having a proper EAP for your workplace, but making sure that all fire exit routes in your building are clearly marked will go a long way toward making your workers feel safe and secure. Whether your workplace is a massive office building or a small storefront, letting people know how to get out if needed is key.
To minimize the risk of a fire impacting your place of business, it is wise to store all hazardous materials, such as flammable cleaning supplies and other potential accelerants, in a proper storage area. This means it should offer good ventilation and be free from any obstructions that could lead to sparks.
Depending on what industry you work in, your establishment may be governed by state and federal laws in regard to where people can smoke. Regardless of if there are regulations you must abide by or not, though, having designated outdoor smoking areas is key to preventing accidental fires.
If you have additional questions about how to make your workplace fire-safe, contact us at Quinn & Associates at your earliest convenience. We are here, and more than happy to, provide you with insight and information. To get started, give us a call today at (508) 588-5600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.