When we think of health and safety at work, we often think of building sites or perhaps schools with lots of children running around, but in actual fact health and safety laws apply to all workplaces large and small. Here a 5 pieces of safety equipment that every office needs;
5 Pieces of Safety Equipment Every Office Needs
There are five different types of fire extinguisher, which one you will need depends on the risks that exist in your workplace.
Water (Red) fire extinguishers are used for Class A fires which involve common hazards such as wood, straw, paper and coal.
Foam (Cream) fire extinguishers can be used for Class A fires, but are also suitable for use with a Class B fire (flammable liquids) so it can tackle petrol and paints.
CO2 or Carbon-Dioxide (Black) fire extinguishers can be used for electrical hazards and can also tackle flammable liquids under Class B risks.
Powder (Blue) fire extinguishers are suitable for many different types of fire, so it is good for premises where there could be fires involving flammable liquids, gas or electrical fires as well as Class A fires.
Wet Chemical (Yellow) extinguishers are designed specifically for fires involving cooking oil and fat (such as chip pan or deep fryer incidents), but are also effective with Class A fires.
Smoke detectors should always be fitted as more people are killed by the smoke from a fire than the fire itself. Around 80% of fires are put out using portable fire extinguishers and it is thought they save at least 24 lives and prevent more than 1,500 fire-related injuries in the UK each year.
First Aid Kit
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. These Regulations apply to all workplaces including those with less than five employees and to the self-employed.
What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the workplace. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed and what should be included in the first-aid box. An assessment of first-aid needs should be carried out to determine what needs to be provided.
A fire blanket can be used on Class A, B and D fires, which are those being fuelled by ordinary combustibles such as wood or paper, by flammable liquids like oil or gas and by combustible metals including magnesium and titanium. Although you may already have fire extinguishers in your office, it is still advisable to have a fire blanket in the event that a person may not know how to use the extinguisher and also a fire blanket can be used quickly and effectively if a persons clothing catches fire.
Health and Safety Wall Chart
If you employ anyone, you must display the health and safety poster, or provide each employee with a copy of the equivalent pocket card. The poster must be displayed where everyone can easily read it.
The poster outlines British health and safety laws and includes a list that tells employees what they and their employers need to do. Details of any employee safety representatives or health and safety contacts can also be added if you wish.
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