Occupational Health and Safety Act legislation which states:
All employers have a legal and moral obligation to assure the safety of their employees and anyone visiting their premises. The 1994 Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) gives your employees the right to a healthy and safe working environment and non-compliance can result in stiff penalties.
In order to comply with the legislation, here are some of the fire safety measures that should be followed:
• Smoking should be banned in certain areas;
• Electrical equipment should be tested regularly;
• Plugs with trip switches should be used;
• Electric cables should not lie on the floor;
• Electrical equipment should be turned off when it is not being used; and
• Members of staff should be trained in fire safety and emergency procedures.
How to Detect
• A fire detection system can be installed;
• SAB-approved fire distinguishers should be placed in certain areas;
• Sprinkler systems can be installed if your business has a high fire risk; and
• Fire equipment should be serviced regularly.
How to Evacuate
Make sure all employees know what the evacuation plan is so that if a serious fire starts they will know what to do and where to go. This will keep your work place and all employees safer.
In the event of a sudden fire, employees must know:
• The nearest emergency service/ fire brigade number;
• What to do;
• The order of the emergency procedure;
• Where the emergency escapes/ exits are (fire escapes should be clear of obstacles);
• Where to assemble for roll-call.