As an employer, you have a duty to your members of staff to protect them from risks to their safety, wherever these may come from. This includes risks from fires and explosions, so it’s important you carry out fire safety training in London and conduct risk assessments regularly to minimise the chances of something happening – and so your staff can react accordingly if an incident does take place.
Being aware of dangerous substances (those that if not properly controlled could cause harm through explosion or fire) is a must, since these are present in almost all workplaces. They could be anything from dust from foodstuff and solvents to paints, flammable gases and varnishes.
Familiarising yourself with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) would also be wise if you want to be sure all bases have been covered.
These regulations will apply to most work activities, including the likes of storage and use of oxygen, chemical manufacturing, transport of flammable substances, use of flammable gases, welding on tanks that have contained flammable material, and the storage and display of flammable goods like paints in shops, for example.
Carrying out a risk assessment with DSEAR in mind is a good idea. Identify the hazards posed by the dangerous substances present, identify those at risk from incidents arising because of these substances, evaluate these risks and then come up with safety precautions, recording your findings and introducing control measures where necessary. You should review your risk assessment and update it as and when required.