Mitigating dangers in the workplace
Fire drills are an important part of mitigating risk in the workplace. Knowing what to look for and how to identify it is relevant in the workplace and everyday life, as fires can happen anywhere (e.g. a car fire caused by a leaking fuel line). Ignition sources next to fuel sources, such as a power outlet next to a ream of paper, or even dry grass on a hot day, can set off a powerful blaze if not controlled.
Paper and out-of-date or non-tested kitchen appliances are the most common causes of fires in the workplace. Electrical fires are also common, often due to broken or frayed phone chargers. Other significant risks in the workplace include gas bottles and old power outlets that trip out by a spark running through them. However flammable gas type fires are decreasing thanks to better technology such as auto shut-off valves.
Different extinguishers are used for different fires. Chemical powder is good for almost all fires, except it is corrosive. CO2 carbon dioxide extinguishers are used for electrical fires, cooling and cleaning without damaging items. However, selection is made depending on urgency and necessity if there are time restraints.
Acoem Australasia holds Australian Standard General Safety AS 4801 accreditation.