Manufacturing Fire Safety

Author - Emily Weekes |
Publish Date - January 31, 2020

No matter the product or material being manufactured, locations such as warehouses must take the necessary steps to ensure fire safety precautions are in place.

There are several factors to consider when implementing and maintaining fire protection, not least the number of people on site and the equipment in use.

MATERIALS MANUFACTURED

Special attention should be paid to the type of materials being mass-produced in order for the correct type of fire protection to be put in place. For example, if flammable items are being made, the correct type of fire extinguisher must be in place.

MACHINERY CARE

Manufacturing Fire SafetyTo avoid machinery malfunctions, arrangements should be made to regularly inspect and maintain effect working conditions.

Without due attention, a fault could become overheated and pose a fire risk.

The fire protection services in place should also be assessed on a consistent basis to ensure they work as expected in the event of an emergency.

BUILDING OR EQUIPMENT UPDATES

Following building renovations or extensions, the installation of additional equipment, the employment of persons with limited mobility or the change of the purpose of a premises, it’s recommended that the fire risk assessment (FRA) is reviewed.

The FRA is a precise investigation of a location that assesses the risk of a fire starting and the effects it would have on those inside and around the building.

HAZARD AWARENESS

With many types of manufacturing methods and various pieces of equipment, it’s vital to be aware of the hazards that are common place on a day-to-day basis.

If people unfamiliar with the work space are in the area, it’s important to make sure that they’re aware of how to deal with hazards in the workplace.

Stairways, electrical items and water sources can also be considered hazardous and signage should be used where appropriate.

FIRE SAFETY EMERGENCY PROCESSES

Fire drills must be carried out annually, no matter the industry or business. When in a manufacturing environment, you will need to consider whether the fire alarm can be heard over the sounds of a busy working factory.

Staff and visitors should be made aware of the evacuation process and how to use fire protection equipment if necessary.

To discuss fire safety in a factory or manufacturing facility, please contact our experienced team.

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