Fire kills. In 2003, there were 3,401 fires in industrial premises resulting in 3 deaths and 153 other casualties (Fire Statistics 2003). Fire also costs money. On average, each fire in industrial premises costs approximately £60,100 (Economic Cost of Fires Report 2005).
All employers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and visitors during hours of work and at places of work.
There is detailed information for employers on the Communities & Local Government website at www.gov.uk, and on the Fire Safety at www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities
Health and Safety
Implementing Health and Safety measures does not have to be expensive, time consuming or complicated. In fact, safer and more efficient working practices can often save money, but more importantly, they can help to save lives.
Some publications are also available in various languages in order to support the understanding of health and safety practices in the workplace. Visit www.hse.gov.uk/languages/index.htm. If you cannot find what you are looking for, telephone 0845 345 0055, and they can arrange for an interpreter to have a conversation in your own language.
Contact Details Health and Safety Executive Local Office:
St. Nicholas Street
Telephone: 01905 743600
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for health and safety in the UK, in all business sectors; industrial, commercial, farms and construction locations. For further information log on to http://www.hse.gov.uk/, telephone 0845 345 0055 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry.
On the website there is advice and guidance for you and your business with a step-by-step guide to follow. This will ensure your business complies with the legislation and is aimed to be easy to understand and use www.hse.gov.uk/business/index.htm.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a website to help overseas workers and their employers understand their roles and responsibilities under British health and safety law. It provides essential information and advice on workplace health and safety which is useful to both employers and employees.
The Health and Safety Executive provides advice and literature, some is available free of charge. So if you are starting up a new business or are an existing business, the website www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/index.htm provides extensive information that you require. There is also a “What’s New” section on http://news.hse.gov.uk/index.php in order to ensure your business practices are up to date.