Why Fire Safety Training for Businesses Is Crucial

Fire Safety Training

Fire safety precautions and solutions are not just important for organisations. Business owners have the important duty of protecting their staff, assets and building. According to SME Toolkit South Africa,

“[a]ll employers have a legal and moral obligation to assure the safety of their employees and anyone visiting their premises.”

Your employees have the right to a safe and healthy working environment; noncompliance can lead to employers facing stiff penalties. (The 1994 Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)).

Ensure that you have a strong defence against fire hazards in the workplace. You can do so by ensuring the proper training of employees to:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of hazards
  • Ensure that employees are aware of the procedure to follow in the case of a fire outbreak

    Identify training needs

    First things first, an employer needs to identify potential dangers and develop relevant protocols for those dangers in the workplace. Involve employees in this process as this will alert you to hazards you may not immediately identify which in turn involves them in the fire protection training from the start.

    Train your staff

    Fire safety for small businesses will include the following:

  • Location of fire protection equipment
  • How to use fire protection equipment
  • Location of emergency exits
  • Protocol for alarm activation
  • Protocol for evacuation

    Hazard safety

    There are many safety hazards in the workplace. Businesses need to ensure that basic safety training prevents accidents from happening, including ergonomic hazards, falling down stairs, slipping on wet floors etc. To improve hazard safety, staff need to be aware of the location of first aid equipment, protocols for alerts and evacuation protocols.

    Who needs training?

    As a business owner, it is up to you to decide who will receive special training; this will depend on your specific business risks and exposure to fire hazards or any other danger. General safety, fire, disaster and evacuation training needs to be extended to all employees.
    Fireco examines your situation and develops a solution based on specific materials, standards, legislations and fire hazards. They also provide expert fire protection advice and assistance.