If you haven’t done a fire risk assessment lately, you could have a burning problem

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 19 Jun. 2014

Tags: risk assessment, fire hazards, fire accidents, hazards and risks, ohs training

“FIRE!” That’s a word no business owner wants to hear and few businesses can survive. But it’s also a hazard that can strike at any time.

And it’s even more likely to strike your company if you haven’t done a fire risk assessment lately. If you don’t check for fire hazards and risks in your company, sparks could fly. And as we all know, sparks cause fire.

To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, look for these fire hazards during your risk assessment…

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Here’s how to get started with a fire risk assessment

You can only do an effective risk assessment through live observation. This means you must actually watch your employees work.
This will help you spot the jobs that are directly involved with fire hazards. It’ll also give you an idea of the working condition of your equipment. You can’t tell if a machine overheats and could cause a fire if no one’s using it.
You must also involve your health and safety representative in the assessment. Two pairs of eyes are always better than one.
Once you’ve arranged a date and time to do the risk assessment with your representative, you’re ready to start. Remember to look for these fire hazards…

Look for these fire hazards during your risk assessment

Look out for:
- Old and damaged wiring. This is likely to cause shocks and sparks that can start fires;
- Old machinery your employees use that easily overheats;
- Any work that uses open flames;
- Any work that uses flammable gasses and materials; and
- Employees who smoke at work.
If you spot any of these hazards, you must put precautions in place. You must also give your employees OHS training on how to deal with them. 
Follow these steps to ensure your business and your employees are safe from fire accidents.
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