Although business owners will need to install fire safety devices and follow various protocols by law, operating a safe working environment is beneficial on many other levels. This includes keeping staff members happy, at ease and feeling comfortable whilst at work.
With many businesses struggling to keep and retain staff during this unique climate, companies need to do all they can to ensure they are operating safe and healthy working environments.
Below, we look at the most common fire safety-related concerns amongst UK employees.
Not knowing where the fire exits are
All employees should be aware of where the fire exits are when they first join a business. It is advised that businesses make fire safety training a part of all new starters’ induction.
Being unable to use equipment in the event of a fire
Many workers worry about how they would use certain fire safety equipment in the event of an emergency. Ensuring adequate training is, therefore, a must.
That nobody is in charge of fire safety
Every business should appoint a ‘responsible person’. This is an individual that is essentially in charge of ensuring the company’s fire safety obligations are being met. By making all employees aware of who this is, their minds will inevitably be put at ease.
That there is faulty equipment
The way to ensure that none of your business’ equipment is faulty is by making sure that you are up to date with all of your equipment servicing. You should have regular audits of the following:
- Fire alarms
- Fire extinguishers
- Emergency lighting
- Fire doors
That their employer simply doesn’t prioritise fire safety
Having an employer that doesn’t seem to prioritise fire safety can be rather concerning. To show that fire safety is a subject of importance, you can do the following:
- Hold regular fire training refresher sessions
- Make staff members aware of all equipment and how it operates
- Ensure fire safety signage is visible to all
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