Fire Safety Planning Part 3
Once you have alerted co-workers that there is a fire in the building or jobsite, the next step is to try to put out the fire. Many different systems have been created to try and do this. Some are quite common, such as sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. Others are more specialized to deal with unique hazards or to protect equipment that may be damaged from using water. Suppression systems work by removing one of the components of the fire triangle, either heat or oxygen. Fire Safety Planning Part 3 will look at the systems that can be put in place to put out the fire.
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Detecting and Alerting
Last week we talked about the steps that must take place to prevent a fire from occurring. By controlling the elements of the fire triangle, we can reduce the risk of fire. If a fire does occur in your facility, you must have a system to alert staff that they need to evacuate, as well as possibly calling the fire department. In Fire safety planning part 2 detecting and alerting, we will look at how a fire can be detected and staff can be alerted.
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Fire Safety Planning Part 1: Prevention
Fire safety is an issue that all companies should be prepared to deal with. Fires and explosions can cause severe injuries and property damage. There are many aspects to a fire safety program, from preventing fires in the first place to having a plan to notify workers in the event of a fire and an appropriate exit plan so that all workers in a building know how to get out and where they need to go. Since this is such a broad topic, we will spend the next three weeks talking about it. This week is fire safety planning part 1: Prevention.
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Getting Workers to Wear PPE
Why do some workers still resist sometimes when they are told they have to wear PPE? There have been studies to show that wearing personal protective equipment will keep them safe, and at the very least on most job sites, it is required. Yet every so often you meet a worker who does not wear PPE or does not wear it properly. This is both frustrating to supervisors and could be costly, both in terms of an accident and financially because of administrative penalties in Nova Scotia. Getting workers to wear PPE needs to be a priority of education and discipline for companies.
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