Fire safety in the workplace is crucial to prevent and protect against the destruction caused by fire. Neglecting fire safety protocols can have devastating consequences, including loss of life, property damage, legal ramifications, and high legal costs and fines.
Legally, employers are primarily responsible for fire safety in the workplace. They must create and document a workplace fire preparedness plan, educate all employees on fire safety procedures, maintain fire protection and prevention equipment, and plan for emergencies, among others.
However, employees likewise play a vital role in the collective responsibility of ensuring fire safety. At the minimum, they should attend fire safety training sessions, report potential fire hazards, be familiar with evacuation routes, and not misuse fire safety equipment.
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The Legal Perspective
In Singapore, the responsibility for fire safety in the workplace falls on multiple parties, but primarily on the building or property owner and the occupants — led by the employers.
The Building or Property Owner is responsible for ensuring that the necessary fire safety measures are in place. This includes providing the necessary fire safety equipment, ensuring that fire escape routes are clear and accessible, and obtaining the necessary fire safety certifications.
Building Occupants, with employers at the helm, are responsible for the daily maintenance of fire safety within the premises. This involves ensuring that fire safety equipment is in good working condition, conducting regular fire drills, and educating employees on fire safety procedures.
Larger buildings or complexes in Singapore, especially commercial ones, are often required to appoint Fire Safety Managers. The FSM is responsible for implementing and managing fire safety measures: regular inspections, ensuring compliance with fire safety standards, and coordinating fire drills.
The government office responsible for fire safety is the Singapore Civil Defence Force, which operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The SCDF is in charge of providing emergency services, including firefighting, rescue operations, and emergency medical services. They conduct regular inspections, provide guidelines and standards for fire safety, and also offer training programs.
Designating A Fire Safety Manager
A dedicated individual or team responsible for fire safety is essential to ensure that employers fulfil their legal obligation to provide a safe working environment for their employees.
The FSM’s key roles and responsibilities include making regular inspections of fire safety equipment; keeping up with the latest fire safety regulations and practices; conducting fire safety awareness sessions; developing and implementing fire safety plans and evacuation procedures; and coordinating with other fire safety stakeholders.
Whether you are a building owner or an employer, or senior management who has a vote on appointing an FSM, these are some qualities you should look for:
- Strong communication and effective interpersonal skills
- Attention to detail
- Knowledge of fire safety regulations and practices
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Physical fitness and mental wellness
Fire Safety In The Workplace
Fire safety training can significantly reduce a company’s liability in the case of a fire breaking out. Courses such as these can help employees learn the potential hazards and risks associated with fires and teach them how to prevent and respond to fire emergencies.
Regular fire drills are also essential to ensure that everyone in the building knows and understands the evacuation plan. Employers must work with experienced professionals to provide top-quality fire protection systems and solutions.
Periodic checks and updates to fire safety equipment and protocols are essential to ensure maximum safety in the workplace. Regular inspections of fire safety equipment are necessary to ensure that they are in good working condition and that they comply with the latest fire safety regulations and practices.
By working with experienced professional fire protection companies like Hart Engineering, businesses can ensure that their fire protection systems and solutions are customised to their specific needs. We are a leading fire safety provider in Singapore, with over four decades of experience in the industry. Our service and product offerings include fire protection systems; service, maintenance, and repair of fire protection systems and installations; and a complete selection of fire safety products.
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