Being prepared to handle a fire emergency isn’t a simple matter for manufacturers. There’s a great deal to consider as you work to protect personnel and assets. Some of the key issues to assess, based on the 2015 Fire Code, include:
- Defining procedures for employees who must shut down critical equipment before evacuating when a fire alarm is triggered.
- Establishing methods for alerting the fire department of emergencies.
- Creating processes for assisting personnel who are unable to use fire exits and similar means of egress from the building.
- Assigning personnel to provide emergency aid.
- Completing a site plan that highlights key access points, the location of fire hydrants and other details about the facility.
- Generating a floor plan that details refuge areas, accessible egress points, portable fire extinguishers and similar fire safety points.
Establishing these safety procedures hinges on training your staff to handle specific and nuanced elements of evacuation, equipment management, fire prevention and emergency response. Then there’s the interactions with regulatory bodies and local fire departments to consider. You must prepare your staff to handle these relationships well through proper documentation, reporting and communication. All told, training is a central component to any fire safety initiative.
Establishing training programs to comply with ICC fire codes
Building out internal training programs can seem overwhelming, especially for time-strapped manufacturers that need to maintain profits. However, a combination of well-designed on-site training and e-learning methodologies can go a long way. These three industrial training strategies can help you simplify fire-related education and protect your workers:
– Be consistent with on-site training
Annual reviews of fire policies, consistent drills and similar measures play an integral role in preparing your employees to handle an emergency effectively. It is important to be incredibly consistent with these measures. Participation must be documented and you need to achieve 100 percent compliance in terms of attendance to these types of events. Because of this, you can’t afford to let employees slip through the cracks because they happened to be on vacation during a training session.
– Make sure your leaders fully understand fire codes
This is one area where specialized eLearning courses are invaluable. You need your leaders to not only understand how to keep people safe, but how to do so within regulatory laws. It isn’t enough to have a viable emergency response strategy. Those tactics must be documented, formalized and reported on in compliance with industry regulations. All of this requires a deep knowledge of fire codes, something that can’t be developed overnight. Elearning courses provide a cost-efficient method to get leaders on board with fire codes in an accessible way.
The 2015 Fire Code leaves manufacturers with a great deal to consider when preparing against emergencies, but the need to train workers is among the most important considerations.