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How to Minimise the Risk of Fire in a Workplace

Minimising the risk of fire in a workplace should be a priority for any organisation. It will not be possible to completely eliminate every risk, but effective control measures in tandem with health and safety courses in fire safety will serve to greatly reduce the risks of a fire starting and spreading to such a size that it becomes a danger to the health of everyone in and around the building.

The best way if reducing fires in the workplace is to remove as many potential sources and as much flammable material as possible. It is highly unlikely that everything can be removed without severely impacting upon the operations of the business, but there will usually be some things which can be substituted for others which are less of a fire risk, for example replacing flammable chemical adhesives with ones that are water-based. This substitution is the preferred option to counteract a number of different health and safety risks, such as in COSHH where hazardous solvents are replaced with non-toxic ones.

The next preferable option is to reduce the amount of flammable material or substances on site, as less of it means less fuel for a fire to burn through. A particular cause of concern as it has the potential to lead to explosions and major fires are storage areas where large amounts of flammable material and liquids may be kept. By reducing that amount stored to the minimum required and ordering it in on a little and often basis, as well as introducing measures such as separating substances which may react with each other and cause a substantial fire or explosion that could seriously affect the health of those nearby, the chances of an accident can be reduced to a lower level.

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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