Fire Safety - Sources of Fuel
A fire needs a source of fuel in order to burn, and unfortunately a typical workplace contains a great variety of flammable material which can catch fire and burn. The resulting fire can not only be a danger to the health and safety of workers on the premises and members of the public nearby, but can also cause severe damage to buildings and their contents. Along with being an inconvenience and disrupting trading and operations in the short term, it can be particularly damaging to the financial health of a company if it does not have suitable insurance.
Companies and organisations in different industries are likely to have differing types of potential fuel for a fire, as well as having many similar ones. Sources of fuel at a typical place of work may include paper and cardboard, chemicals, fuel kept on site such as petrol of gas, wood used in the construction of the building or as part of the manufacturing process, plastic, foam insulation, dust which can ignite and/or cause an explosion and resulting fire, and many more.
It is therefore essential that workers have not only received fire safety training and regular refresher courses as part of their overall health and safety training programme, but that suitable risk assessments and control measures are undertaken and put into place to prevent the outbreak of fire.
Many health and safety courses contain an element on fire safety because of the high risk and potential serious consequences of fires, as well as there being specific fire qualifications such as the NEBOSH Fire Certificate which are aimed primarily at those with fire safety responsibilities within an organisation. At the BCF Group, we also provide bespoke training courses on fire issues including fire marshall and fire warden training.
- SMSTS - The Site Management Safety Training Scheme certificate contains a section on fire safety on a construction site.