There has always been conflict between the need for adequate levels of fire safety against the increasing need to maintain effective levels of security, particularly where means of escape (in case of fire) is concerned.
The fact that the many fires each year are started deliberately by intruders who are intent on arson, theft or vandalism highlights the correlation between fire safety and security. This poses some serious questions for those who have responsibility for protecting the building and its occupants, not only from fire but also from the threat of intrusion by thieves and vandals.
It is possible to satisfy the requirements of fire safety and security by the incorporation of an integrated package of measures, and this is often achieved where new build developments and major refurbishment schemes are undertaken. However, although achievable, some additional difficulties are encountered for an already operational building.
One of the main concerns for most managers is maintaining effective means of escape for all occupants, in the event of an emergency, whilst preventing intruders from entering.
The Need for Security
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Complete Fire Safety Management is all about ensuring that you have the tools necessary to ensure you meet all legal requirements and, most importantly, that your working environment or residential space is safe for workers, visitors and occupants.
An Emergency Plan is an essential part of what CFSM has to offer and in this blog article, we will give an overview of the thought processes required to compile your own.
Why is a workplace emergency plan necessary?
The purpose of the workplace emergency plan is primarily seen as two fold;
The plan is legally required to be fully documented and kept in the workplace such that it is available for all employees, and employee’s representatives (where appointed), to view at all times. This ‘documentation’ usually takes the form of what is commonly termed the company Fire Manual/procedures...