When it comes to safety in the workplace, there is no such thing as too much protection. Ensuring employees are safe is of paramount importance, especially when they may come into contact with hazardous liquids or materials. It’s also necessary to think about the consequences an accident or disaster can have on a company.
Something like a fire can wipe out an entire business permanently. What’s more, many fires and accidents are preventable with safety precautions in place. Something as simple as posting correct signage can make all the difference in the world. Follow these tips to make your workplace safer and avoid catastrophe.
1.) Install proper storage cabinets
Companies who store flammable, corrosive or other hazardous materials on site should be keeping these in cabinets build to handle them. Failing to properly store these increases risk for employees and put the entire company at unnecessary danger. Even if these are being stored in a cabinet, it is important to make sure it is built to house hazardous materials or liquids.
For instance, a flammable storage cabinet will have several safety features that ensure flammable liquids are kept safe. These have alloy contact points to reduce the chances of sparking and are equipped with safety strapping to prevent it from tipping over. This means risks are eliminated. Storage cabinets by SEPMAR are built to house flammable or corrosive materials and meet all Australian standards.
2.) Have correct fire extinguishers on hand
Some people believe that all fire extinguishers are the same and can put out any fire. However, fires can be different and it is vital to have extinguishers on hand that are designed to put out specific fires. Air/water fire extinguishers only work on paper, wood or other textiles. Foam extinguishers can work on those fire types as well as ones involving chemicals.
CO2 extinguishers are suited for use during an electrical fire while dry powder ones can be used on most fires. It is important to understand what type of fires can take place at the workplace and install the necessary extinguishers. Failing to do this could see fires spread rapidly and cause a greater amount of damage that could have easily been prevented.
3.) Install correct signage
During a fire, it is easy for people to become confused or disoriented. This can lead to individuals forgetting where safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher is located. Every second matters during a fire and there is no time to waste searching for the proper equipment. Having the correct signage in place ensures employees are able to easily and quickly locate equipment during times of distress.
If an office uses multiple fire extinguisher types, signage should be posted to notify what it can and cannot be used for. This is important as the wrong equipment can exacerbate a fire possibly leading to it growing to a point where the fire department must be called in.
Don’t take safety for granted. Every workplace should be installed with these three items. In addition to this, it’s wise to regularly conduct safety exercises to properly train employees on what to do in case of an emergency.