Fire is counted as one of the most dangerous risks that can affect mankind leaving no traces behind. This leads to a fire safety audit. Fire has caused innumerable losses not only in terms of money and destruction of properties but the loss of people, confidence and brand equity of a corporate entity.
To avoid such issues that aggravate in no time, Fire Safety Audit comes to the rescue of any corporate company. A fire safety audit shall always be beneficial in knowing whether the company complies with all the fire safety standard or not. Before plunging on to the audit and its compliance, it is necessary to know the major reasons for the outbreak of fire in companies. The following are the parameters which should be on point before a fire safety audit.
1. Failure to maintain compliance with the safety norms.
2. Lack of regular renewal of the license
3. Infrastructure flaws
4. The close proximity of inflammable materials to the fire causing sources like circuits, smoking rooms, and kitchens
5. Lack of training to the employees
6. Faulty pieces of equipment, circuits, and wires
Following are the solutions to incorporate fire safety in your corporate premises:
Complying with the fire safety norms before a Fire safety audit.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health) insists that every business must train their employees and workers regarding potential fire hazards, which helps in the reduction of the overall loss of company/business.
POA (Plan of Action) and a mock drill should be conducted on a timely basis at every premise. This POA and emergency steps generally differ from business to business and according to the infrastructure, which means that a corporate building or company should have a separate and pre-decided POA worked upon.
OSHA also emphasizes that every business must have fire extinguishers and that every person must be trained to use that.
A widely spaced and in close proximity, a fire exit is a must.
One of the most dangerous areas during a fire outbreak are elevators. At such point, one should refrain from using them; suffocation, breakage of wire, entrapment are ways in which several people lose their lives!
Remember, even the most daring and the smartest people temporarily lose their ability to assess the situation. This is why, effective planning considering the worst possible scenarios, should be brought into consideration and on a paper.
Corporate should have separate rooms for machines and chemicals which is situated away from the crowd.
Any company might have copiers, machines, electrical instruments, devices, wiring parts, inflammable chemicals which might be used for official work, infrastructural repair and maintenance or for cleaning purpose. Such elements pose a great threat with respect to a fire outbreak and have to be contained in a room which is designed with fire-proof elements and has SOP to contain if a fire breaks out.
Water sprinklers at each and every location in and around the office premises is a necessity before a fire safety audit.
It is the most common form of fire containment procedure – every premise should have overhead water sprinklers which are smoke sensitive. This is proper and one of the most basic forms of protection.
The company should conduct regular pieces of training to combat fire.
Mock drills and hands-on training on handling the extinguisher, volunteer training, explaining the POA to each and every employee during induction process should be an absolute must. These processes should be documented and assessments should be taken to understand if employees can handle situations and know the exact POA.
An emergency standby team which is skilled and trained for emergency situations.
It might sound unnecessary, but during a fire when there is panic around, it is important some people from within the organization manage the crowd until the fire brigade arrives. This is important to avoid panic, stampede and for providing proper guidance/directions to the crowd.
A company must have dedicated personnel catering to the regular maintenance checks and safety norms management.
Regular checks of your company premise and ensuring that the company premise is fire-proof is one of the most important tasks that a Facility Manager has to undertake. Maintenance, filling the loopholes and regulated auditing of the premise reduces the chances of an outbreak in the first place.
Ensuring the insurance of the company building/premise against fire damage.
Ensure that a company lessens the cost of the overall damage. Redemption of the loss from the Insurance company can help save more than a few bucks which can help reinstate the business.
The above solutions are must for all the Corporate companies seeking fire safety audit on the premises. Your company is fire – safe if you religiously practice the above. However, continue the good work and seek consultation from a Compliance Consultancy for 360 – degree solutions.
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