Business Owner – Checklist for 2018!
Are you a business owner or looking to become one? If so, the protection of your
business is the priority! Review the below business safety checklist we have established for
all types of businesses.
Business Safety – Fire Detection System?
Timing is everything in a fire situation.
Most think during a fire emergency is the most important time factor to consider.
However, the response time after a fire is just as critical.
It is always advisable to install a fire detection system in your business operations.
This is something that should obviously be done before a potential hazard could
take place. This is the proactive part of the fire detection system, being proactive that is.
Safety Checklist for Your Business
First things first, make a list at the checklist for safety detections.
They all are intertwined with fire as you can see. Make sure each of these
features is up to code. Also, make sure the equipment is working if not brand new.
Make sure their batteries, for example, are in the place of the equipment if needed.
This will reduce future headaches, especially in the event of a fire loss.
You can have some form of detection equipment, such as:
- Smoke detectors,
- Heat sensors
- Automatic sprinklers systems
Business Interior Installation?
These fire safety devices should be installed in the buildings to ensure optimal safety
and reduce any future fire concern on that level, which would be the detection level.
The importance of these devices is not only to reduce the potential and severity of a fire loss,
but the installation of these safety equipment devices can also result in lower fire premiums.
This means it pays to be safe. These simple “lives saving techniques” can also save you money,
while protecting others. Sounds like a great union, once you look at both ends.
So, make sure to include this one on the top of your
recommendation safety list, no matter your operation.
Review – Fire Extinguisher Usage
Now that we have discussed the usage of permanent fire detection systems,
another area of concern is the portable version of them. So, let’s begin.
For all appropriate building areas to have ultimate safety levels and features,
portable fire extinguishers should be present. But before you race out there and
start purchasing them for your place of business, continue reading on.
There a few steps you will want to take prior to placing portable fire safety devices in your operations.
These type of extinguishers should also be reviewed by an appropriate person.
This is a person with a trained eye in disguising between these safety devices.
This is because you want to make sure you are using the correct type of fire extinguisher,
since there are different models used for different reasons.
For example, you would not want to use a dry chemical extinguisher in the presence
of electronic equipment. The 2 do not agree, and you will be happy that you had an advanced warning.
This is because the powder-like material that is dispensed can easily get on the
electronic equipment and damage the internal components of it.
So, it’s not as though the 2 would together create an explosion, but the
risk of losing vital data on your electronic device can be just as devastating.
So, a designated area, in addition to the proper extinguishers are a must to avoid any
possible damage on this level. Plus, it gives you peace of mind in the event of a fire or fire loss.
Pressurized Tank Safety
How do you keep pressurized tanks secured, and away from possible exposure?
This is a great question!
A good plan in place should be in order. This will help to keep all
tanks in an upright position, and reduce any exposure.
In addition, you will want to make sure they are
properly labeled and secured to a wall or holding rack.
This way, it will prevent any accidental tipping,
which can be detrimental to these types of tanks.
This is the largest safety concern for these specialized commercial drivers.
Sounds about right, maintenance as a safety preventive.
Well, that’s because it is, and for good reason.
That is because of all electronic and electrical equipment
should be on a routine for a regular inspection.
These inspections should be used to see if there is
any wear or deterioration of the equipment.
This type of maintenance plan can spot a possibility of a fire loss if not inspected.
Only through inspections can an overview be performed.
This overview will check for any indicators or red flags, that could be possible
interventions of future performance or disaster-prone areas.
Either or, awareness of the project, prior to the situation is always helpful.
Our suggestion is to incorporate a set of eyes to this task.
Have certain employees or staff members check on the equipment and
take the record for any observations that need further attention, like potential fire safety risks.
These reports, performed by different hands and eyes,
can help reduce any risk in potential disasters, such as a fire loss.
These findings are jotted down and reported for future security maintenance.
Maintenance of the Fire Protection Equipment
How do you maintain the standard of protection of the equipment?
This happens through regular inspections, testing,
and maintenance of fire protection equipment.
These maintenance performance tasks ensure that
such equipment is functional when needed to be used.
A suggestion to those involved in this operation is,
make a formal maintenance schedule.
Assignment & Maintenance Tracker
This schedule would be to establish for all the equipment.
It would also specify which personnel would be assigned to the maintenance program.
This would help with tracking and reporting purposes.
An outlined schedule is helpful, for any maintenance assignment.
An employee categorization is an even better plan in the long run.
This can hold or show who is responsible for which reporting equipment.
Also, information can be narrowed down to one individual person,
if future communication is needed on this subject.
It acts as a directional map in the event of safety or equipment malfunction.
A great organizational and tracking tool for more than just safety purposes.
Employee Fire Control Training
This title makes sense all by itself.
Fire control training seems appropriate in the
safety reduction plan of any insurance program.
This training course uses fire prevention training to
improve the effectiveness of people responding to a crisis.
All employees honestly should be trained in this field.
The correct operation of this training program is
paramount in the overall protection of the operation.
Just stand back and look at it from a different perspective or level.
The training course would include the operation of all the fire alarms,
fire extinguishers and other relevant fire control equipment.
This gives an edge on the fire safety measure
when it comes to playing regarding the equipment.
Also, your fire control program should include periodic
safety meetings to discuss an overview of the resolution.
For example, actions that could be taken in the event of a fire or potential fire risk.
Fire Evacuation Plan for Escape
We have all seen them, fire evacuation outlines or diagrams.
It is a visual plan that should be executed or followed if a fire should take place.
This plan will show a diagram of the building with all escape routes. If
the escape route is locked or has other barrier methods,
then an alternative method of escape would be grounded.
This implementation of a diagrammed safety fire loss plan is, not just a fire
reductionist plan for saving lives and property,
but also a tool for communication to assist in the delivery of the tool itself.
It is twofold in scope as you can see, plan and deliver.
Visibility of Fire Protection Equipment
A pretty self-explanatory program or plan you can say. It basically means you should have everything visible.
So, if your operations are a commercial trucking business, then your hub areas,
where all your action and logistics occur,
should have proper identification of safety equipment and fire control tools.
This is an area of a business we sometimes forget to mention.
It’s because the simple act of visibility, which might seem minuscule to the outside,
is, in fact, large, and always in play.
Two Business Roles?
It’s important to understand where the two lines meet.
So, the bottom line is visibility. This is key to a successful plan of action.
It can mean a multitude of different things but in the world of safety
it means bringing the right tools and plan of action in the forefront or in view of others.
This is what visibility entails. What good is a fire loss control equipment
if you cannot find the equipment, right?
Or, it is misplaced or mislabeled or stocked in an unauthorized area.
So, as you can see, the main reason can stand between the line of visibility and not.
Concluding Thoughts – Business Safety?
Just like a good hotel cleaning, so is keeping a good
fire prevention program in place. This is an essential plan for safety.
The regular removal of trash from shop areas is very important.
This is because, in areas that engage in welding or body works, a lot of debris is accumulated.
This accumulation of debris can create for hazardous conditions.
The need for this regular trash removal is a necessity.
For example, oily rags should be stored in metal containers.
These containers should have the metal frame with self-closing lids to reduce the possibility of combustion.
As you can see, this type of housekeeping can keep more than your bed clean,
it can increase the safety level of a working environment.
Make sure to review your current business, for an accurate, up to date business safety checklist!