Posted On: September 7, 2023

Fire Safety

Everyone wants to believe that they know what to do in an emergency, but if a fire breaks out at your place of work, will you be prepared? A fire at an office or store can have far-reaching consequences, including job loss, property damage, and even death. In 2020, 16,500 US office and retail fires caused $932 million in direct property damage. Read on to learn more about how fire safety training can benefit your business.  

Fire Safety in the Workplace

The combination of modern building designs and fire laws helps create a safer environment for employees at work. By integrating fire-resistant materials, well-planned evacuation routes, and compliance with fire codes, newer buildings are better equipped to prevent fires, limit their impact, and ensure the safety of those within.

Still, there are fire safety procedures that employees and employers should follow to avoid workplace fires, keep workers safe, and keep offices and stores open.

Many of the causes of office and store fires are like those of house fires, such as cooking or electrical malfunctions. As a result, recommendations for prevention and escape planning are similar. Employees are expected to:

  • Examine the electrical outlets, cords, and cables for damage or overload
  • Anything that can catch fire should be kept away from electrical equipment
  • Never leave a portable heater unattended
  • Maintain a clean, dry, and well-ventilated workspace
  • Plan and practice different escape routes in case one becomes inaccessible
  • Check that windows and screens may be opened and removed
  • Remove any obstructions to exits

The best way to ensure that everyone on your staff is on the same page is by fire safety training. 360training offers a training course based on OSHA's requirements for fire protection. You will gain a general understanding of fire safety, including various types of fires, safety gear, fire-related injuries, and first aid.

Do All Staff Need Fire Safety Training? 

OSHA regulations mandate businesses to provide staff with fire safety training. Proper training is essential for firefighting tools, as incorrect extinguisher types can lead to life-threatening consequences. Employers must ensure adequate fire safety training to prevent potential hazards. Employers must plan for emergencies by: 

  • Make sure that all fire safety features are appropriately developed, implemented, and maintained.
  • Every floor of a structure should have explicit fire escape plans posted.
  • Teach personnel about exits, evacuation routes, and firefighting equipment.
  • Examine the condition of fire ladders and escape routes.
  • Conduct emergency drills regularly.
  • Discuss workplace fire risks with all personnel, including fire and smoke detection systems and how to spot fire alarms.
  • Employers must provide training on how to operate a fire extinguisher.

OSHA has stricter regulations for various industries, including maritime and construction sites, and fire safety training for professions requiring hazardous or flammable products. Additionally, 28 states have workplace policies that exceed OSHA requirements. Be sure to check your state policies too.

Protect Yourself and Your Staff

Keep in mind that adhering to the minimum requirements offers only the basic level of protection for you and your staff. Your employees will be better able to protect themselves and their coworkers in the case of a fire if you provide them with additional safety training. Whether you need to develop a proper fire plan, or work in construction, OSHA Campus has a fire course for every need. Check out our offerings and enroll today! 

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Fire Protection Training (Construction)

Learn OSHA's fire protection standards for construction sites.

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OSHA Emergency Action Plan Training

Get trained on OSHA's requirements for fire protection plans and more.

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OSHA Fire Safety Training

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