IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS
FOR SAFER WORKPLACES
Let’s face facts. You work with
products every day.
Proper control of
requires adherence to recognized best
practices. But no matter how careful you
for a fire
should be given
risk is determined by the
of an event and the severity of the
consequences related to that event.
In my opinion, when you are
prioritizing risks, you should look at the
consequences first. If the likely results
of an incident are catastrophic, then
you should prepare for that occurrence,
is the president of Platinum
Engineering & Safety, Inc.
“You gotta have a plan for that.” Any
fire can have catastrophic results. That
makes fire safety a very high priority—
Most municipalities and states have
established fire and building codes. These
codes are “prescriptive” in nature—
specifying the sort of fire protection
that must be provided in buildings of
various types. Unfortunately, that’s where
building owners and occupants often
stop. Once they look around their facility
and confirm that the required number
of fire extinguishers are in place, they
assume they are adequately protected.
Is that enough? Is compliance with
fire codes all it takes? Clearly not. A
OSHA offers several choices when it
comes to fire safety. I break the choices
down this way: Your employees can flee,
they can fight, or they can fight and flee.
The training and plan will be different
in each case.
Flee. In this approach, employees
to a safe
the event of a
fire. The fire
not to be
A written fire response plan would
show the evacuation route out of the
facility and the location where your
people are to assemble outside. No fire
extinguisher training is necessary other
than to tell employees not to use them.
In the event of a fire, sound the alarm
What’s Your Plan?