The workplace can be a dangerous environment.
Whether you’re attempting to dodge Rita from accounts and her toxic breath or figuring out how to best position your desk to prevent RSI, the office environment is certainly not as safe as it looks.
When we add a potentially catastrophic fire into the mix, things start to get a little, well, heated.
If we’re honest about it, most employees faced with a fire are ill-equipped to deal with it as it blasts through the corridors – and that’s no bad thing.
After all, if YOUR safety was dependent on Rita attempting to quell the flames with a bucket of water and a determined gaze, it’s likely you’d quickly be looking for work elsewhere.
For most of us, we’d take one look at the blaze engulfing our marketing department, smash the fire alarm and call the fire brigade while running hurriedly from the building.
Admittedly, fires like this are a rare occurrence, but to prevent them from happening in the first instance, your firm should be prepared to invest in effectual safety precautions.
Implementing Effective Fire Controls
One of the simplest ways to prevent fire ravaging your premises is to fireproof your walls, ceilings and floors with top notch composite fire panels.
This literally could be the difference between life and death, with companies such as Durasteel offering fireproofing services to help contain fire until fire crews arrive to extinguish the inferno.
In addition to fireproofing, it’s vitally important to invest in high quality smoke alarms to alert you and your staff immediately if there’s any sign of a blaze.
The downside, of course, is when poor Rita burns her lunch in the staff area – but it’ll potentially save lives, which is obviously much more important.
Make It Easy To Get Out
If a fire does occur, it’s crucial that it’s as easy as possible for your employees to get out – which is why all fire exits must be clearly marked.
Make sure that all workers know exactly where the fire exits are located and that they are clear on where they should congregate once they’ve safely made their way from the building.
On that note, your firm should also have a plan in place to ensure panic doesn’t set in and old Rita isn’t trampled in the stampede to get out.
Don’t Break the Rules
Quite simply, one of the best ways to stay safe and prevent burning to death is to follow the rules set out by the government.
Far from being put in place as a by-product of the nanny state, they’re actually there to keep you free from harm and help you stay as safe as possible in the workplace.
Unfortunately, there is currently no government legislation in place to tackle toxic breath in the office …