Loss Prevention Advice

Urgent Advice from the Loss Prevention Consultancy Ltd - http://www.risk-consultant.com/

The probability of an industrial dispute which will affect the cover provided by the fireand rescue service in England & Wales on 25 September 2013 and thereafter makes it isessential for all organisations to review, as a matter of urgency, their levels of fire safety.

This simple checkist suggests things that you can do - at little or no cost - to reduce yourchances of needing to call 999. You should also ensure that you comply with all your legalobligations and this may include the need to undertake a new fire risk assessment.

A. Undertake a fire hazard check of all parts of your premises

  1. Portable heaters secure and not close to combustibles
  2. No light bulbs near combustibles or other stored materials
  3. Electrical wiring and equipment in good condition
  4. Sockets and extensions not overloaded
  5. Smoking controls being observed
  6. Proper controls of hot work, contractor operations and maintenance. In higher risklocations: consider deferring maintenance or refurbishment work if hot work cannot beproperly controlled
  7. Ensure there are no accumulations of combustible waste. Increase the number of rubbishcollections if necessary

B. Check fire safety measures

  1. Fire exits and exit routes unobstructed and available for use.
  2. Fire doors closed at all times and fire shutters in correct position and unobstructed.
  3. Emergency lighting on/charging and exit signs clear and unambiguous.
  4. Consider having a fire alarm test daily rather than weekly/monthly until the dispute isresolved
  5. Have key staff (security, catering, maintenance, cleaners, fire wardens etc.) had recent‘hands-on’ extinguisher training?

C. Staff Readiness

  1. Check that fire wardens/fire marshals have been appointed for all areas and have not moved.
  2. Has a fire drill been carried out within last 12 months?
  3. Have all staff received training in the correct fire procedures? (Don’t forget part-timers andnew starters.)
  4. Consider having a fire alarm test daily rather than weekly/monthly until the dispute isresolved5. Have key staff (security, catering, maintenance, cleaners, fire wardens etc.) had recent‘hands-on’ extinguisher training?
  5. Have key staff (security, catering, maintenance, cleaners, fire wardens etc.) had recent‘hands-on’ extinguisher training?

D. Maintenance

  1. Have all fire extinguishers/hose reels been inspected recently by a competent person?
  2. Has the sprinkler system been serviced and maintained in the last six months?
  3. Have fire pumps/generators been test run recently? 
  4. Are diesel pump and generator fuel tanks full?
  5. Are dry/wet risers in working order and unobstructed?

Clients

  • Arriva
  • Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
  • NHS
  • Opal
  • Port Sunlight
  • Azure Collection
  • Wirral Partnership
  • Wirral Met