What If It Was Your Fault?

Effects of Smoke

Did you know that, by law, you are responsible for those working in your factory?

Employers are, as far as reasonably attainable, responsible for the protection of their employees, as well as visitors or any other persons on their property. Everyone has a right to be protected against harm caused by failure to install the proper protection and control measures.

Employers are supposed to provide their workers with a safe working environment - this means that the risks attached to working in different situations and with different machinery should be assessed and safety/ precautionary measures should be put in place to deal with these risk factors.

It is not always possible to eliminate hazards completely, but the risk of injury can be reduced. For example, one cannot ensure that there will never be a fire in the workplace, but one can install fire protection technology such as fire alarms and fire sprinklers to minimise the damage and injury caused by a fire.

Precautionary measures should be taken and safety features should be installed in all work places to guard against and health and safety risks. Fires, for example, are a common hazard but there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the damage.

Many lives can be saved if factories have;

• Smoke detectors

• Fire alarms - these make a loud noise alerting every one of the threat. Employers should ensure that regular fire drills are practiced so that everyone knows how to react in an emergency.

• Exits - exits that open outwards should always be unlocked, exit doors should be well lit and clearly marked.

• Open passageways should not be blocked or restricted. This allows for easy and fast evacuation.

• A fire sprinkler system - sprinklers open automatically when a fire is detected and help to stop the fire at its source before it spreads too far.

• Fire extinguishers.