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Business Safety Week with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Published
01.09.2017

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses safety messages as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) UK Business Safety Week 2017.

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The week runs from 11th - 17th September and aims to make sure businesses and their staff have the information they need to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace. The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period.

New employees may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It’s also a good opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training and make sure existing staff know the importance of fire safety.

Fire and rescue services will be asking businesses to –

·         Ensure they have taken action to prevent fires in the workplace

·         Take action to protect themselves from arson

·         Make sure all staff know how to respond appropriately in the event of an incident

·         Work with their local fire and rescue service to reduce false alarms and enforcement notices.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be sending out a range of messages via social media, reinforcing business safety advice when they visit businesses.

NFCC Protection and Enforcement Lead, Mark Hardingham commented; "I’m delighted that the National Fire Chiefs Council is again working with small and medium size businesses to help them ensure that they are able to operate in a way that is safe from the terrible effects of fire. These businesses make a massive contribution to the UK economy and local communities and we want to help them to do this in a sustainable and safe way."

Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, says; “We are very supportive of the National Fire Chiefs Council Business Safety Week 2017 as this helps us to ensure that businesses in the county work with us in our aim to reduce risks to life, property and the environment from fire and other emergencies.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, added: “We are excited to work with the National Fire Chief’s Council for Business Safety Week 2017 to help educate businesses and employees in ways to appropriately deal with incidents in the workplace.”

Further information can be found on the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service website www.glosfire.gov.uk.

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