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Monday, 24 September 2018 19:46

ASA, Cintas Offer Webinar on 'Ensuring Safety in Every Corner'

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Adams recommended, “Make sure your floor is covered by National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) mats. NFSI mats are the safest for the shop, and they also recommend where you should place them, such as in high-traffic areas like entryways and by counters.”

 

Turning to fire safety, Adams noted, “Most of these items are pretty common,” before delving into details about fire extinguishers, exits signs, fire alarms and sprinkler systems. “The first line of defense against a fire of limited size is your fire extinguisher, especially in areas where you’re working with oil, gasoline or anything flammable. Make sure you have the proper extinguishers that cover the types of fluids you’re working with. You can minimize damage immediately if you have multiple extinguishers in the shop so that one is always within close proximity. You also need to get it checked annually, at a bare minimum. Each extinguisher should have an inspection date within the past 12 months by a certified inspector. There are companies, such as Cintas, that do these inspections, or you can contact your local fire department and marshals for an inspection.”

 

Exit signs and lighting are commonly seen along exits, and most contain a backup battery so that they will still work if a power outage occurs.

 

“These are key to guiding other individuals out of the shop in the event of a fire,” Adams explained.

 

Fire alarms sound an alert to announce a fire and initiate an appropriate response. It’s important to monitor and maintain alarms every six to 12 months to ensure they work appropriately. Sprinkler systems do not prevent a fire, but they are intended to minimize the amount of damage and losses if a fire occurs. These should also be inspected regularly.

 

Adams also emphasized the importance of keeping a fire aid kit handy in the shop “to help an injured person before emergency personnel can arrive.”

 

“You should install a cabinet of OSHA-certified/compliant materials to use in case of an employee or customer injury,” he said. “OSHA requires that adequate first aid supplies be readily available and that a person or persons should be adequately trained to render first aid. These materials should be kept in a single location and made available to all employees so they can render the necessary first aid in the event of an injury.”


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