Preventing fires is everybody’s job
In year 2010, over 60 death cases and 3900 injuries caused by burn occurred in Malaysia. As one former Secretary of Labor said, “Fires wreak havoc among workers and their families and destroy thousands of businesses each year, putting people out of work and severely impacting their livelihoods. The human and financial toll underscores the serious nature of workplace fires.”
Unfortunately, there are dozens of ways for workplace fires to start—chemicals, electricity, flammable liquids, combustible materials, compressed gases, smoking, even poor housekeeping. We need to protect against all these potential fire hazards all the time to make sure we’re not one of the 3900 workers that experience the pain today.
Here’s what you can do to prevent workplace fires:
- Store chemicals properly in tightly closed containers.
- Read labels and MSDSs for the fire hazards related to the chemicals you use.
- Keep flammable and combustible materials away from ignition sources.
- Keep incompatible chemicals away from each other.
- Check containers regularly for damage or leaks.
- Clean flammable liquid spills right away, and dispose of liquids and cleanup materials properly.
- Make sure cords and plugs are in good condition before using electrical equipment.
- Don’t overload electrical circuits.
- Keep hot equipment away from combustible materials.
- Shut down electrical equipment that smokes or sparks.
- Obey smoking rules and “No Smoking” signs.
- Extinguish cigarettes and matches completely in designated containers.
- Handle compressed gas cylinders carefully and keep them away from heat.
- Keep your work area free of trash