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Fire is one of the greatest threats to a business. It can start almost anywhere and can destroy everything in its path. You can never be too careful when it comes to preventing a fire in the workplace.
The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 has replaced almost all previous fire safety legislation (similar legislation has also been introduced in England & Wales). The Act places responsibilities on occupiers or those in control of non-domestic premises. It requires there to be a Responsible Person to address fire safety. The main duties placed on the Responsible Person are to:
main causes of fire in the workplace include:
There are basically
four types of fire extinguisher, all of which work by removing one of the elements of the 'Fire Triangle' - oxygen, fuel and heat.
Foam, powder and carbon dioxide extinguishers smother the fire and deprive it of oxygen, while a water extinguisher removes the heat. You must always remind your staff that an extinguisher should only be used by someone who knows what to do. The best advice is to get out of the premises and inform the Fire Brigade as soon as possible.
Almost all workplaces, with very few exceptions, must have completed a fire risk assessment and produced a fire safety action plan. A completed assessment is something your local Fire Prevention Officer will ask to see if they visit your premises.
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Risk assessment - guidance (PDF 253 KB)
Risk assessment template - short version (PDF 75.80 KB)
Risk assessment template - long version (PDF 107 KB)
Risk assessment - completed example - Printers (PDF 112 KB)
Risk assessment - completed example -Hotel (PDF 109 KB)
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