The key role of a fire risk assessor is to educate people in the area of fire safety with emphasis on the dangers and how to prevent loss of life in the event of a fire, their main objective being to implement fire safety plans in the work environment.
In order to sufficiently monitor any safety concerns an assessment is completed of the site in question. Once it is visually completed a hard copy is kept on file to ensure compliance requirements. This allows also that comparisons and/or adjustments can be made at any time for proper assessment at any time.
A risk assessor receives extensive training in order to do their job. Just having a plan for fire safety is not enough, it is imperative that a fire safety plan is put in place that can be implemented quickly and thoroughly. Training covers anything from the basics of handling a fire extinguisher to details of fire prevention.
We’ve all seen the fire extinguisher behind the glass however not many of us have actually ever used one. Most companies have one at every corner of their interior hallways. This is your first tool in order to battle a fire. You will find instructions printed on the portable tank. By conducting routine maintenance checks you can be assured they are in perfect working order.
There are three basic requirements for fire safety the first being a smoke detector. With its audible alarm it is the first alert to any fire or smoke danger. Second is the fire extinguisher which is portable and contains specially treated chemicals to extinguish fires. Fire extinguishers have three different classifications. They are foam, water and dry. Due to the pressurized chamber they expel their compound with great force to extinguish the fire. An extinguisher will not always stop the fire completely but is the best way to get the fire under control. Thirdly there is the emergency phone line. This telephone is connected to your local fire station. Most warehouses and industrial building sites have emergency phone lines installed.
Some basic fire safety precautions are not to work on wet surfaces as electricity conducts faster on wet surfaces. By keeping your work surface dry you can prevent electrocution accidents. If possible keep hands dry by using gloves. Since open wires can electrocute unsuspecting victims be sure to cover them with electrical tape. Carry out routine inspections to make sure they are repaired or replaced if they show signs of wear. So that no one is harmed cordon the area off.
Overloading circuits is a sure way to increase the risk of fire. By using portable outlets you decrease the risk of overloading circuits. When doing repairs turn off the electricity. Your best bet is to hire professionals to conduct any electrical jobs as they have had years of training and is experts in this area.