[hackspacebristol] A new entry for the Fire risk assessment
john at john-willis.me.uk
Fri Feb 12 12:53:09 UTC 2016
The fire risk assessment needs to be updated as it was written before we
bought the fire extinguishers.
When it is please add the following risk: Risk that access to the
fire extinguishers will be blocked.
The risk that they will be blocked ( or moved somewhere else to store
something ) is very high as we had an old laser cutter in front of the
extinguisher brackets in G10 for 4 months, and more stuff piled in front
of them within days of that moving out.
The risk of serious damage, injury or death is low but probably a lot
higher than a simple evaluation of fire stats would indicate. I suspect
that the incidence of fire is much higher in organisations with the poor
approach to Health & safety we see in Hackspace e.g. crappy electrical
distribution, flammable materials left on the benches, wood dust and
shavings not cleared up, gangways regularly blocked, warning signs near
the G11 sink and biohack bench ignored, and its not clear what should be
left on at night and its difficult to check everything else is off.
In my view this is best dealt with by a strictly enforced rule that you
do not store things in gangways, work spaces, or in a way that blocks
access to safety equipment. The current system, where it is left to the
judgement of people who are happy to leave cups on the biohack bench
etc. is not working.
David H took pictures.
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