Business Safety Week 2017

Location:
National safety campaign

Dates:
Monday, September 11, 12:00 AM - Sunday, September 17, 2017 (12:00 AM)

Business Safety Week 2017

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be offering businesses safety messages as part of UK Business Safety Week 2017

The week runs from 11th - 17th September and aims to make sure businesses and their staff have the information they need to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace.

The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period. New recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It’s also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training and make sure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.

Safety advice

During Business Safety Week we will be asking businesses to:

  • Ensure they have taken action to prevent fires in the workplace
  • Take action to protect themselves from arson
  • Make sure all staff know how to repond appropriately in the event of an incident
  • Work with us to reduce false alarms and enforcment notices

Information for businesses

Businesses must comply with the law - compliance with the law means you are protecting your business, premises and employees. It also means you are likely to be prepared if the worst does happen and a fire occurs at your business.

If you are a business owner or responsible for a business premises the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order means legally you must reduce the risk of fire and make sure people can safely escape in the event of a fire.

Non compliance can lead to enforcement which poses a financial, legal and reputational risk to your business.

You must:

  • Carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and review it
  • Create an emergency plan - so you know what to do if a fire does occur in your premises or a nearby premises
  • Maintain and regularly test any fire protection equipment
  • Induct and train all employees when they start work and refresh periodically

Useful links

Contact the Business fire safety team

Use the following link to contact the Business Fire Safety team:

Contact the business fire safety team

Last updated: Monday 14 August 2017

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Business Safety Week 2017