This week fire and rescue services throughout the UK will be supporting CFOA Business Safety Week which runs from 5-11 September.
The aim of the week is to publicise the support and advice fire and rescue services can offer which may help business protect themselves from fire and ensure they are complying with legal requirements. We would like businesses to approach fire and rescue services and ask for help if they need it.
The week is also an opportunity also to remind businesses to review their fire risk assessments and training as business needs change. This is particularly important at this time of year when many businesses prepare for the Christmas period. This might mean extra stock has to be stored, regular working hours may alter and temporary staff might be employed. Where will the stock go? Is there trained staff on site covering the additional hours and has time and effort been allocated to training new staff?
Up to 70% of businesses never reopen after a fire
CFOA President Paul Hancock said “Business Safety Week is a reminder to businesses that fire and rescue services are here to offer advice and help on making the workplace safe from fire. We ask employers to make this a priority by contacting us if they haven’t addressed fire safety, reviewing arrangements and training staff regularly. Not complying with the law can lead to financial penalties or, if the worst happens, loss of livelihoods and lives.”
The week will focus on the following :
- The legal requirements
- Reducing false alarms
- Workplace advice – simple messages for employers to keep the workplace safe
- Arson prevention
Each fire service will tailor their offer base on local need. If you are a business large or small get in touch with your local fire and rescue service and see how they can help you.
Here are some examples of the activities which are running as part of the campaign
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be targeting small independent retailers in Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Luton and Sandy on the 6, 7, 8 September with advice and a safety checklist for shopkeepers. They will also help them complete a simple risk assessment.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding a series of Business Education Seminars which will explain how businesses need to comply and provide you with an information pack and a chance to ask and questions you may have and of course the seminars are free of charge.
If you are interested in learning more or getting some free advice for your business, get in touch with your local fire and rescue service via their website or social media and look out for the #BSW16 on twitter.