Fire is the probably the biggest risk threat to life that most people face at work. In order to minimize the risk of fire in the workplace, it is vital that everyone is aware of the common causes of fire and the appropriate actions to take in the event of a fire, including how to escape safely from the scene.
The lesson plan for this module will cover:
• Awareness of key legislation and legal requirements relating to fire safety.
• Knowledge of the ‘Fire Triangle’.
• Knowledge of fire detection and warning systems and how to use and react to them.
• Fire Triangle.
• Key factors relating to evacuation in the event of fire.
• Knowledge of fire types and which extinguishers can be used on them.
• Precautions to minimize the risk of fire.
• Action in the event of fire.
• Evacuation procedures.
• Means of summoning the fire brigade.
• Importance of fire safety at work.
• Expectations of a fire marshal.
• Understanding fire precautions.
• Managing good housekeeping.
• Human behaviour in fire situations.
• Hazard identification, fire drills, roll call and arson.
To help prevent fire in the workplace, your risk assessment should identify what could cause a fire to start, i.e. sources of ignition (heat or sparks) and substances that burn, and the people who may be at risk.
Once you have identified the risks, you can take appropriate action to control them. Consider whether you can avoid them altogether or, if this is not possible, how you can reduce the risks and manage them. Also consider how you will protect people if there is a fire.
• Carry out a fire safety risk assessment
• Keep sources of ignition and flammable substances apart
• Avoid accidental fires, e.g. make sure heaters cannot be knocked over
• Ensure good housekeeping at all times, e.g. avoid build-up of rubbish that could burn
• Consider how to detect fires and how to warn people quickly if they start, eg installing smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells
• Have the correct fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly
• Keep fire exits and escape routes clearly marked and unobstructed at all times
• Ensure your workers receive appropriate training on procedures they need to follow, including fire drills
• Review and update your risk assessment regularly
Our Trainers are registered under the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSH) in the Ministry of Labour.
Training’s target audience:
Management and Technical Personnel, Supervisors, Fire Safety Coordinators, Fire Safety Inspectors, Internal Auditors and other line personnel.