Do you feel safe at work? Most people would give a casual ‘yes’ to that question, but that may be because they have never been in a dangerous situation at work and have never thought that they might be. Sadly, some business owners have the attitude that “It will never happen to me” and so they don’t see the importance of safety training, or disaster avoidance.

Fortunately there are many other business owners, hopefully the majority, who take safety training and active safety protection very seriously… we imagine that you’re one of them.

Your workplace needs to be safe for everyone. Employees, customers, visitors, all need to be protected from dangers such as fire or other emergencies. As a small to medium business you may worry that taking the appropriate steps to ensure everyone’s safety is going to be costly. Well, it need not be. Remember that a problem shared is often a problem solved. You’re not alone in wanting a safe environment at work. Your Staff can become a very effective resource in achieving greater safety and saving unnecessary expenditure.

So how do you involve your employees so that they know what to do in the event of a fire and can assist everyone to evacuate the premises orderly and safely? Remember that ultimately you, the business owner is responsible for everyone’s safety, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t share some of that responsibility. This is where professional training comes in and also choosing responsible and capable staff to share in that training.

Stock photo, taken before pre-2019

There are lots of responsibilities to be assigned. For example: Who raises the alarm? Who can use the fire extinguishers? Who will call the local fire services? And who will be responsible in completing the roll call at the assembly point? And who will keep the training logs up to date?

Although we quite rightly think of these responsibilities and safety procedures during a fire, we actually need to take a step back and think about what we need to do to prevent one ever happening in the first place. This is where a professional fire safety company can be invaluable not just in training your staff, but also in identifying potential ignition points, hazardous materials, safety routes, fire doors, placing of extinguishers etc. A fresh set of eyes, professionally trained can often help you to avoid disasters not envisaged by your own team.

By ensuring that all your employees receive safety awareness during their working time you will be complying with safety regulations and you will be giving yourself more peace of mind in knowing that should the worst happen… your employees are prepared to act in a responsible and safe manner. This will not just save lives but can also prevent the huge costs of an uncontrolled fire damaging your property and livelihood.

At MidlandsFRS we support businesses large and small to ensure safety on site. We are always pleased to see businesses become ‘fire and safety aware’ with responsible staff taking the lead in protecting the business and all the people in it. If you would like to discuss how we can work with you to create a safer working environment please call us, we’ll be happy to help.

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