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…