We have outlined 12 ways you can keep your workplace safe below:
Provide full accessibility to electrical control panels. Never block the
panels, which are used to shut down power in an emergency, with
materials or other equipment. Also, never block sprinklers, firefighting
equipment or emergency exits and observe clearances when stacking
2) Good Housekeeping
Clutter not only provides fuel for fires but also prevents access to
exits and emergency equipment. Keep your workplace as clutter-free as
possible and ensure equipment and other materials are properly stored.
3) Proper Waste Disposal
Discard fire hazards like oily rags by placing them in a covered metal container and emptying it on a regular basis.
Make sure the machines in your workplace are properly maintained to
prevent overheating and friction sparks. Check and perform maintenance
on machines regularly and keep a record of this routine maintenance.
5) Report Electrical Hazards
Unless you are qualified and authorized, you should never attempt
electrical repairs. Faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical
equipment are key contributors to workplace fires. If you notice
something does not look right, immediately notify the proper person in
6) Safe Chemical Use & Storage
Always read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to assess
flammability and other fire hazards of a substance. When using and
storing chemical materials, always do so in an area with adequate
ventilation. Make sure your employees have the proper protective
equipment for handling hazardous materials.
7) Precautions In Explosive Atmospheres
Follow all recommended and required precautions to prevent ignition in
potentially explosive atmospheres, such as those containing flammable
liquid vapors or fine particles. These precautions include non-sparking
tools and proper static electricity control.
8) Maximum Building Security
To help prevent arson fires, always lock up as instructed, report
suspicious persons or behavior and never leave combustible garbage
outside or near your building.
9) Smoke Areas
Ensure that there is a smoke area available and that all workers who
smoke on the job are using it. Proper extinguishing of smoking materials
should always be enforced and signs reminding employees to properly
discard their cigarettes should be provided as well.
10) Fully Charged Fire Extinguishers
Check fire extinguishers often by looking at the gauges and making sure
they're fully charged and ready for use. If they're not fully charged or
if the attached tag indicates that the last inspection occurred more
than a month ago, call for maintenance. Also, encourage all workers to
learn how to use a fire extinguisher and provide the proper training
11) Emergency Numbers and Proper Signage
Emergency phone numbers, as well as your company address, should be
posted by the phone station for quick access. If necessary, create
additional information sheets in the native languages for your
employees. Make sure you have exit signs installed in your facility and a
fire evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
12) Fire Drills and Evacuation Plan
Conduct fire drills at least twice a year and have a designated spot
where employees will meet once they exit the building. Assign employees
to be fire drill captains and make sure everyone knows what the proper
procedure is. Review your plan with your local fire company to assess