Working Conditions are Safe & Hygienic

How to comply 3 - what it looks like in practice

Fire - all workers

 

  • A responsible person should be nominated at your site to be responsible for fire; this may be the person responsible for health and safety.
  • Fire should be included as a part of your risk assessment programme.

Detection system

  • You should set the alarm off without warning workers to check that it can be heard in all areas in the production site. Make sure that the alarm can be heard in all areas, including all of the fields. On a farm, this could involve the installation of a siren system.
  • Time how long it takes for everyone to get out of or off the production site, and record this information. Repeat these unannounced drills on a 6 monthly basis.

Means of escape

  • Ensure that everyone can get out of the building quickly.
  • Management should regularly walk around the production site to check that exits are not blocked with product or packaging. If the machinery on site moves around, you must make sure that it is not placed in front of fire exits.

Fire fighting equipment

  • Ensure that there is a means to fight fire in all areas of the production site.
  • Ensure that the type of fire extinguishers provided are suitable for the type of matter and processes that provide the fire risk on your site.
  • Ensure that the senior manager for health and safety regularly conducts checks of the fire extinguishers. This involves checking that the pressure remains at a suitable level and that they have had at least annual checks by a trained person (usually the company providing the extinguishers to your site).

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