Do you have these 6 essential items for office safety?
June 28, 2016Adam Fitch
By law, if you employ more than 5 people then a fire risk assessment needs to be carried out. Now, we’re not guaranteeing that these items will get you through a fire safety inspection, but we are sure that they will help ensure your office is a safer place. Fire and Safety Centre offers their 6 essential products for fire safety in the office.
It’s simple, if you need to put out a fire – what do you need? It doesn’t matter what sector or industry your business is in, you need a fire extinguisher. In an office setting, consider combining a 2kg Co2 fire extinguisher and a 6 litre Water fire extinguisher to cover multiple fire risks. All premises vary in risk – you can consult our Which Extinguisher Wizard to help you find the best fire extinguisher and other fire safety equipment for your needs.
Fire Log Book
A Fire Log Book and Safety Manual gives you the ability to manage and record your business’ fire safety policy whilst keeping up with the latest rules and regulations – it also allows you to keep your fire safety documents and records in one place. You have easy access to an explanation of the new regulations, a fire risk assessment guide, a fire safety checklist, log sheets on maintenance of extinguishers and alarms, as well as employee fire safety training record sheets… basically everything you need for a comprehensive fire safety record.
Health and Safety Law Poster
If you employ somebody, then by law you need to display a Health and Safety Law Poster in clear sight or give out an equivalent pocket card to each employee. The poster offers information regarding mandatory Health and Safety guidelines and statutory responsibilities for staff and visitors under the Healthy and Safety at Work Act. We recommend fixing one to the wall in foyers, reception areas and communal spaces so it’s easily seen by anybody who enters your premises.
First Aid Kit
First aid kits are vital for any office, allowing for quick treatment of minor injuries by a trained First Aider. Our range of first aid kits conform to BS 8599-1, ensuring your workplace is in line with the latest British Standards. A large first aid kit consists of an informative booklet, medium-sized dressings, large-sized dressings, triangular bandages, finger dressings, conforming bandages, safety pins, eye-pads, plasters, wipes and much more – you’re pretty much covered for most minor workplace injuries. We recommend also having an Accident Book, which should be used to record accident information as part of your health and safety management procedures.
Fire Alarms and Detectors can quite literally save lives, providing an early warning of a potential fire to everybody in the premises. By installing a fire alarm or a smoke detector, you are allowing more time for an orderly evacuation and the opportunity to tackle the fire before it gets bigger and increasingly dangerous. Our Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Combination Alarm will provide peace of mind against multiple threats: smoke, potentially from a fire, as well as Carbon Monoxide (CO). Installation of alarms and detectors can be straight forward and we recommend that they are checked at least once a month, which is a small task when it could be the difference between life and death.
Emergency Lighting serves as a backup plan in your safety system, using a battery as another power source when power has failed or been cut off. This lighting helps to highlight the exit path in the event of an emergency and BS5266 reinforces the importance of regular testing to ensure everything is in working order. In the case of a power outage, people will still be able to follow the exit signs because the emergency lighting will make them easily visible.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 gathered all fire safety legislation for premises of a non-domestic nature into a single Order, where the owner/employer/occupier is required to actively pursue and maintain fire safety and take responsibility for staff and visitors of their premises. For more information regarding fire safety equipment and fire safety legislation, visit our Advice Centre.