How and why should you make sure your organization complies with fire safety laws and standards?
Because managers and administrators have a lot to juggle: tracking performance targets, dealing with an increasingly competitive international market, and maintaining a competent workforce, not to mention making sure the business stays profitable. On top of it all, there is the obligation to demonstrate due diligence (Bill C-45), which requires employers to take all necessary precautions to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. If administrators can’t demonstrate due diligence, they may be held personally liable.
Organizational fire safety is no exception. According to the table of skills for chartered administrators, administrators must:
- Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and standards
- Manage crises
- Assess risks
Unfortunately, few administrators are able to meet the requirements of sections 34 and 35 of the Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, which stipulates that they draw up an emergency evacuation plan and hold rescue and evacuation drills at least once a year. Fire safety compliance is an obligation that pays off in a number of ways.
Being compliant can:
- Increase employee productivity and sense of belonging
- Potentially lower your insurance premium
- Ensure your long-term viability
- Prevent legal action
- Protect your organization’s reputation
How do you get compliant?
Obviously it’s your job as a manager to make sure your organization is compliant, but where do you start? Start by downloading our guide: Sécurité incendie, comment se conformer en 5 étapes (Fire Safety Compliance in 5 Easy Steps). This handy resource walks you through the process of developing an effective fire protection plan to protect your operations. The last thing administrators should do is underestimate the impact a fire would have. Better safe than…shut down!