By Garry Kwok, National Technical Services Manager at Wormald
Considering the hazardous and remote nature of mining operations, mine sites are at a high risk of fire. Therefore, fire protection should be top of mind for mine site supervisors and operations managers.
A Queensland University of Technology study found that between 1990 and 2005, fire and explosions were one of the eight key causes of 85 per cent of mining fatalities in Australia.
Adequate fire protection is not only a financial and regulatory necessity, but an ethical one. Mine site supervisors and operations managers should consider the following to help ensure their sites are fire safe: Continue reading
By Dave Hipkins, National Technical and Product Manager, Wormald New Zealand
There is no room for complacency when it comes to protecting commercial kitchens from fire. Regardless of size cafés, restaurants, fast food outlets, school canteens and hotel kitchens are all at risk. The recent string of restaurant and bar fires in New Zealand highlights the need for business owners to not only install the correct fire protection equipment, but to also ensure it is regularly serviced and employees are trained to use it. Damage to property is one thing, but the safety of your staff and patrons must be the top priority.
An important task for any business owner is to ensure the correct fire protection equipment is installed. This involves identifying and understanding the fire hazards on site, the most significant of which may be the kitchen. Intense cooking heat, flammable oil and the build-up of grease in inaccessible ducts poses significant risks.
Kitchens should be fitted with wet chemical fire protection equipment, which is specifically designed to protect against fires involving cooking oils and fats. This can include wet chemical hand held fire extinguishers and for larger facilities, fixed fire suppression systems. Fire extinguishers should be easy to access, clearly labelled and regularly maintained.
Fire protection should not end in the kitchen however. In a fire emergency, a complete fire safety system will ensure a high level of protection for facility staff and patrons. Facilities can be fitted with sprinkler systems, fire alarm detection systems, emergency warning and intercommunication systems, emergency lighting and supplementary fire protection equipment, such as hand-held portable fire extinguishers. They may also be fitted with passive fire protection features such as fire doors and walls. Continue reading
By Mark Gowans, managing director, Wormald ANZ
Serious fires can result in injury, fatality, property loss, significant damages and lengthy downtime. Although it is not always possible to prevent a fire, every business should be adequately prepared so that the impact of fire to people and property is minimised.
As well as having the correct fire safety solutions in place, organisations must consider the importance of staff fire safety training. Training is an essential line of defence against fire and the impact of a crisis can be substantially reduced when people are trained to respond appropriately. A confident team that is able to respond appropriately is an invaluable investment for a business. Continue reading