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Fire Safety - Storage

The storage of any items can present a fire safety risk for a number of reasons. For starters, the more flammable material that is present on site such as paper or cardboard boxes means that not only is there more fuel for a fire that has already broken out, but there is more material available that can come into contact with a potential source of ignition such as a hot surface which can then start a fire burning.

If these boxes are stored in corridors and passageways, as well as presenting a trip hazard, they can also obstruct workers or members of the public as they try to evacuate the premises in the event of a fire or other emergency occurring. This can delay their escape, with this extra time sometimes being the difference between them getting out ok or succumbing to the flames or smoke inhalation, so could literally be the difference between life and death. They may also block access to emergency escapes, alarm points and fire extinguishers, all of which increases the chances of people being injured or killed by fire.

A cluttered room can make it easier for a fire to take hold and spread once it has started, and can also conceal a fire and make it hard for somebody to notice and raise the alarm before it becomes out of control.

If you are interested in fire safety, health and safety courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate cover fire safety as part of the syllabus. Alternatively, there are specific fire safety qualifications like the NEBOSH Fire Certificate available as well. For more information on these, please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down at the top of the page.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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