What a Professional Fire Risk Assessment Reveals

There are no shortcuts to an effective fire risk assessment: you might think you can save time and money by doing it yourself, basing it on information you’ve looked up online, but how sure can you be that you won’t have missed something?   With a fire risk assessment. you must be sure. It is the fire safety cornerstone, the fundamental foundation for it. This means it is not just about compliance, but being sure about your fire safety.     Alarms, Signs and Exits   A competent, qualified fire risk assessor will spot where things have been missed, or fire risk issues not properly understood.   One…

Come and see us at the Big Bolton Expo on Tuesday!

We are exhibiting at the BIG BOLTON EXPO on 28th March 2017 at The Bridge Conference Centre, Bradford Street, Bolton BL2 1JX from 4.30 -8pm and we would love you to come along. Its one of the best Business Events to take place in Bolton and we don't want you to miss out. You will have the chance to meet 85 Exhibitors, take part in speed networking, enjoy free refreshments and supper and lots more. You never know who you may meet that would be a great help to you and of course VICE VERSA. IF YOU ADVANCE REGISTER, YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF £10 ON THE DOOR FEE. Here is the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-bolton-expo-spring-2017-… We look forward to catching up with you at the event. We are on stand 58. Thanks Sue & Helena

What are Common Workplace Fire Hazards?

The Home Office’s Fire Statistics Monitor has recorded that there were over 300 fire-related fatalities in England during 2015-2016. Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) attended around 162,000 fires, with a 3% increase in fires in non-residential buildings. While the overall increase in fires comes from deliberately started fires, actual fatalities from fires are from accidental fires. The threat from fire in the workplace is real, and widespread. There are plenty of common fire hazards – so common, in fact, that they are easily overlooked, which is why a fire risk assessment can be so critical in the workplace. On-site Waste Material Most…

Are You in Danger from Combustible Dust?

When it comes to fire risk assessment, there is one thing that is hard to spot, that can be all around you, and can cause fires. That is combustible dust. In 2008 there was a huge explosion at a sugar refinery in near Savannah, Georgia in the USA. There were 14 deaths and 36 injuries. A massive accumulation of combustible sugar dust throughout the building fuelled the explosion. Dust, therefore, can be deadly, and is regarded as a major potential fire hazard. Types of Combustible Dust Organic or inorganic dust particles, finely ground, and airborne can be hazardous when exposed to an oxidising…

What is the Role of Passive Fire Protection?

Most people will be familiar with at least some of the apparatus of fire-fighting – extinguishers, sprinklers, water buckets – but effective fire suppression in buildings also requires measures that will minimise the spread of fire, should it occur. Passive fire protection helps ensure that general fire precautions are backed by built-in elements to restrict the growth of fire and fumes. A thorough fire risk assessment will identify requirements for passive fire protection, and assess existing measures to see if they are sufficient. Passive and Active Systems Active fire protection systems include two key elements: fire detectors and fire suppressants. Detectors will…

How Can You be Fire Safety Compliant?

When it comes to fire risk assessment, if there’s a fire alarm, or an actual fire, it’s vital that you know people will follow the correct procedure for evacuation. Following an established fire drill is one thing, but in situations where the unexpected happens, the danger is that a kind of mob mentality can take over. This means those evacuating go with the flow, rather than following a plan, and accidents happen as people are trampled or crushed in the rush to escape. Many people are unaware of the fire safety regulations governing their workplace, or worse, will choose to ignore…

Does SSIP Work?

You may be asking yourself what is SSIP? SSIP stands for Safety Schemes in Procurement. This scheme has been active for a number of years and members include CHAS, Safecontractor & Constructionline. The Initial idea behind this scheme was to actively reduce health and safety assessment costs and bureaucracy in the supply chain. The major problem however lies with your clients. Speaking from experience with one of our clients who works in the building trade. They are an SME company with an annual turnover of approximately £250,000 and they are currently CHAS registered and pay their annual subscription fees. From…

PLEASE NOTE!! Major Changes to Health and Safety Sentencing are now in place.

From February 1st 2016, significant changes in which Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety cases are sentenced have been introduced. The new guidelines represent a huge change in the way punishments are given for Health and Safety offences. Consistency The recent publication by the Sentencing Council acts as guidance for Health and Safety offences committed by both organisations and individuals, as well as corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences. The document is aimed at improving consistency in the sentencing of these cases, as well as ensuring fines are “fair and proportionate to the means of offenders”.

CHAS

CHAS accreditation (Contractor Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) and other Safety Schemes in Procurement such as Safe Contractor and SMAS are being asked for more frequently by suppliers. We assist Clients, new and on an annual basis with their applications, guiding them through the pitfalls and assisting with any of the Assessor’s queries. Costings are variable dependent on what documentation may already be in place within the company, and our prices are competitive. We provide a friendly ‘hand-holding’ service throughout and ensure your submission is dealt with swiftly and comprehensively. Accreditations such as CHAS make your company more desirable to do…