Did you know a fire occurs in a structure every 63 seconds? Whole buildings can burn in a matter of minutes causing irreparable damage and, in some cases, multiple fatalities. Fire safety is everyone's job at a worksite, and it's a job that can never be taken too seriously.
Workers should be trained to identify fire hazards and what they need to do in the case of a fire. Fire safety in the workplace covers prevention efforts, hazard control, and measures to reduce the destruction caused by fire, and there are common elements among fire safety programs:
- Fire Protection & Prevention Equipment: Facilities need to have the right equipment on hand: fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, emergency lighting, etc., and this equipment must be inspected and maintained.
- Fire Safety Plan: Buildings must have an approved fire safety plan that includes key contact information, access issues, sprinkler system connections, and other pertinent information.
- Emergency Evacuation: Organizations must provide the proper routes of egress for their employees. In the case of a fire, employees should be able to quickly locate the emergency exit route and proceed to a safe area.
- Compliance: In addition to meeting OSHA standards for emergency planning and fire safety, businesses will need to check their building is compliant with all local and regional fire codes.
- Electrical Safety: As one of the top causes of occupational fires, all electrical hazards in a facility must be adequately controlled. It's important to check faulty wiring and ensure all electrical equipment is functioning properly.
Fire safety isn't always easy to address; fires can be caused by a number of things (chemicals, electricity, negligence, etc.), safety requirements are regulated by different agencies and departments (OSHA, NFPA, local departments, etc.), and fire safety covers everything from prevention to response. Creative Safety Supply is dedicated to helping companies keep their employees safe and their workspaces compliant. Below we have gathered our expert resources on all things fire safety. We're here to help.
Fire Safety Articles
The organization that is involved with fire safety regulations is the National Fire Protection Association (the NFPA). This group is an international non-profit organization that is devoted to helping eliminate fire and electrical hazards that most often result in death, property damage, and severe injury. About the NFPA Founded in 1896, the NFPA has published more than… …
A fire risk assessment is very similar to a normal risk assessment but it just focuses on fire safety instead of chemical and other physical hazards in the workplace. With a fire risk assessment, there must be one person who is responsible for keeping everything up to date. This includes ensuring the correct safety practices… …
There is a list of fire safety regulations made by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) that exist to maintain safe conditions in the workplace. These regulations make a point that prevention is the first step against accidents that may involve fires. If every regulation is upheld there is a significant decrease in risk of… …
One of the most important things OSHA focuses on is fire prevention in the workplace. Due to this, OSHA has a set of standards which help employers reduce the risk of fire and ensure employee safety (see section 1910.39 for fire safety compliance). A fire prevention plan is required if there is 10 or more… …