Whenever you’re dealing with a manufacturing facility, the potential for a fire can be extreme. Not only are we talking about machines, but we’re also talking about gasses, chemicals and all sorts of other agents that can be volatile and often causes of fires. Anyone who either runs a manufacturing business or who works in a manufacturing facility needs to take fire safety very, very seriously.
When it comes to containing and preventing fires, there are a few things that every manufacturing business should adhere to in order to make sure they have the right deterrents in place in case of a fire. Here are some of the most important things for you to consider:
Have an evacuation plan
If you do experience a fire in your facility, the number one priority is getting employees out of the building quickly and safely. Especially amidst the chaos of a manufacturing plant – fires can cause even more stress and fear in people than they normally do. This means that it’s doubly important to make sure your evacuation plan is clear, that everyone knows what it is and that it’s clearly defined and exits are visible and in plain site. We even recommending that you drill employees in order to feel prepred.
Install a comprehensive fire protection system
Commercial equipment is the first line of defense in the event of a fire. From your sprinklers above to your fire extinguishers below – the first response to a fire can often be the most important. Your fire suppression system will be the thing that deals with the fire between it’s start and when an emergency response team arrives – and saves you enough time to get everyone out safely.
It’s important you consult with a fire safety company as well – as regular inspections will be needed and depending on what kinds of materials you work with – you might need specific chemicals in your suppression systems.
Make fire safety training mandatory
This moves in consort with our first point, but being sure to make training mandatory will not only make a difference in the event of a fire, but it can cover all of the necessary topics. It should include things like the location of extinguishers/equipment, identifying all the exits in your building, instruction on how to use certain fire safety devices, discussion and walkthroughs of exacuation routes as well as general knowledge about how fires start and spread.
Protective clothing is a must
Especially if your business deals with machines that create excessive heat and sparks, all employees should be required to wear protective clothing. In our experience, some employees will groan about this rule largely because in the past they had done a job several times without incident. While that’s understandable on a level, it only takes one rogue spark to jeopardize an employee’s safety. Everyone should be protected.
Always fall back on OSHA
OSHA codes might seem like a pain to some – but the reality is that they’re designed to protect businesses like yours and your employees from fire hazards. Simply following their guidelines or even using them as a simple checklist can make a dramatic difference in terms of minimizing the risk of a fire. Not only is this a great way to promote fire safety in your business, but it also ensures you don’t get a hefty fine from OSHA for not complying.
If you have questions about your workplace fire safety or need a consultation as to what upgrades you should make, then give us a call today. Good luck!