Best practise – improving fire safety on construction sites
According to HSE, every year, there are a number of serious fires on construction sites and buildings undergoing refurbishment, but many of these could be avoided by careful planning and control of construction work activities.
Here at Bull, our ambition is to secure your site safety. Here’s our best practice guide to improving fire safety on construction sites:
Address the issues on site
Prior to work commencing on-site, it’s important to address any hazards or risks that could potentially put workers in danger.
The first place to start is by carrying out a fire risk assessment. The fire risk assessment will help you to reduce risks on-site and plan ahead to protect your site and workers. According to HSE, a fire risk assessment should be based on the following five steps:
1 – Identify the hazards.
2 – Identify people at risk.
3 – Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk.
4 – Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
5 – Review
Install the correct fire safety equipment
From fire extinguishers to fire alarms, during any construction project, your site should be safeguarded with the correct fire safety equipment.
Of all the fire safety products on the market, reliable fire alarms are the first critical step in alerting people of the danger and saving lives in the event of a fire. Our Cygnus wireless alarm system has protected some of the largest projects in the UK including No.1 Palace Street, Crossrail and Battersea Power Station. Take a look at our case studies for more information.
Remember, one fire extinguisher doesn’t put out all fires so it’s important that you use the correct one for the risk on site. Here at Bull, we stock more than 50 regulation-compliant fire extinguishers, so no matter what your environment or the risk posed, we can keep your workplace safe.
Maintain your equipment
Once you have all the equipment you need on-site, you need to maintain and correctly store your equipment to ensure proper use. Our asset management service allows companies to maximise the use of their fire protection equipment, saving on the costs in the long-run.
Train your staff accordingly
Training your workers crucial to ensure employees are aware of fire safety and what to do in the event of an emergency.
As a guide, each employee should be familiar with the following:
- The site evacuation procedure including the nearest escape routes made clear by signage.
- Risks associated with the employee’s working environment and main duties.
- Location of fire protection equipment.
- On-site detection and alarm systems.
- How to use the specific fire fighting equipment and how to ensure proper use including fire extinguishers.
- Knowledge of the 6 types of fires and what type of fire extinguishers are used.
- A point of contact should an emergency occur.
- How to report hazards and what risks to look out for.
Bull’s range of resources including training manuals, videos and training tests can maximise fire safety for your next project. View all of our downloadable materials in our resource section.
To find out more, contact the team on 01432 371170 or email us.
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