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.