Business Safety Week 2020

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Business safety week is an opportunity for NFCC, supported by Fire and Rescue Services to make small and medium sized businesses aware of their fire safety responsibilities in the workplace, and is a chance to let these businesses know that there is help and advice available for them all year round.

The aim is to help small to medium sized businesses to work with fire and rescue services to make sure they are complying with the law and reduce their risk of fire especially in response to the recent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As lockdown measures have eased and more people return to premises, there is a corresponding increase in the Protection risk. There is the potential risk that the COVID Secure measures which are required to open some premises, may in some cases, compromise fire safety measures.

              NFCC BSW2020 twitter-Businesses reopening                           NFCC BSW2020 twitter-FRA v2

  • New screens must not obstruct smoke detection
  • Business must have enough trained staff to support evacuation procedures
  • Ensure measures to support social distancing do not impact evacuation procedures or the ability of emergency services to help you
  • Protect your business from arson
  • Help your fire service by reducing false alarms - which currently accounts for about 40% of all emergency call outs

We want to ensure the practical measures put in place make premises COVID-19 safe, such as social distancing for staff and customers, do not impact on fire safety measures in the workplace.

It is vital that FRS work with Responsible Persons (RPs) to remind them that in managing their full suite of risks, the need to maintain and inform a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment (FRA) must remain a priority. NFCC will also highlight how Primary Authority advice can continue to support businesses via co-odinated or direct partnerships to help them comply with necessary fire safety regulation in additional to guidelines and other regulation.

The campaign week runs from 7th - 13th September 2020 and will use #BusinessSafety2020
 NFCC 2020 Toolkit Social Media Visuals English Engaging with diverse businesses
Arson poster  Social Media Visuals Welsh  Arson poster - Welsh