Fire Safety Tasmania – Stay Compliant
There are laws and Australian Standards which outline what business owners must do to stay compliant with Fire Safety Tasmania Standards. One of the main guidelines is AS1851, which outlines Fire Equipment Maintenance for businesses. If a fire occurs in a business and there are injuries or deaths that could have been prevented with correct work practices, the owner may be liable.
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General Safety Tips for Your Business including Fire Safety
- Train all workers but especially young workers since they account for the most work injuries. Each worker needs to be trained how to work safely, to wear and use protective equipment, encouraged to ask about health and safety issues and to make suggestions. All new employees should be closely supervised. They should be covered by WorkCover insurance.A poster must be displayed that covers ‘if you are injured’. The business owner must contact WorkSafe on 1800 136-089 when injury, fires, or other incidents occur at the workplace.
- Manual handling training. This involves employees using their bodies correctly to lift, lower, push, or exert force to pull, carry, hold or restrain objects or persons. Training on correct methods can help avoid injuries.
- Housekeeping must be done properly and regularly to maintain a safe workplace. Slips, falls, and trips are caused by poor building maintenance and housekeeping that cause slippery floors or objects left in traffic paths to trip over.
- Proper, safe shelving solutions must be used and regularly maintained for employee safety. Shelving that collapses can cause serious injury. Objects falling off overhead or high storage can cause serious injury.
- Have in place fire and evacuation plans. In the event of a fire or other emergency, employees need to know what procedures to follow for safe evacuation.
- Business owners should provide the needed amenities for all employees. These may include provisions for effective first aid, bathroom facilities and other amenities that are necessary for the health, hygiene, and welfare of all employees
- Electrical equipment and wiring must be kept in proper working, safe condition.
- Train employees for correct procedures to avoid falls from height. Falling from roofs, ladders, scaffolds, trucks, and mezzanine floors can cause serious injury. Falling into pits or holes can also be serious. Correct safety procedures should be developed, trained, and followed.
- Injuries from dangerous chemicals or fuels can be avoided with proper safety precautions.
- Machinery and equipment used in the business should be in top working order and workers should be trained in safety procedures and proper operation. This may include fixed machinery, hand-held tools, boilers, air receivers, mobile plants, and forklifts.
- Loud noise can also injure employees. Prolonged exposure to loud noise or sudden noises can cause hearing loss or even tinnitus. There are safe work procedures and safety equipment to avoid hearing injuries and they should be used by employees. Noises such as hammering, loud, music, and high pitched machine noise are the main cause of hearing loss.
- Buildings that are older than 1980 may have asbestos issues that can harm employees. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause serious health issues. In addition, older buildings may have other issues that can affect Fire and Safety in Tasmania businesses.
The business owner also has an obligation to do everything possible to make their businesses safe and healthy for employees. They must formulate and disperse safe evacuation plans for emergencies such as fire. Fire equipment must be placed in the workplace where it can be quickly accessed and it must be kept in proper working order. Exit signs must be placed to lead people to safety. Signage must also lead to fire equipment with instructions on proper use. For additional information, go to the website.