All office kitchens need to be equipped with the appropriate fire fighting equipment. It is for your fire risk assessor to decide which extinguishers, if any, are needed. There is no law to install certain equipment.
A fire blanket, even for small rooms with minimal equipment should provide the necessary protection. Fire blankets work by smothering the flames and are an excellent option for putting a fire out on a hob or frying equipment. By keeping a fire blanket in an accessible place (but not too close to the potential fire source) is a good idea.
Always mount the fire blanket on a wall, as when it is pulled out by using the tabs, everything remains stable meaning that it can be used quickly in the event of a fire. Remember, even if you have a burning toaster or food that has caught fire in a microwave, the fire blanket can be used quickly and efficiently.
If you have a carbon dioxide extinguisher near the office area and within 10 meters of the kitchen, then this can count as cover for electrical equipment. Ten meters is the recommended maximum travel distance. If you only have a tea area with a kettle, then the fire hazards are no greater than having printers or computers. You do not have to provide any special provision for general premises.
Today is World Environment Day! What better time to look at how your business can support the environment and make sure you adhere to government guidelines on environmental issues? Contact us if you would like any help with how this can apply to you.
Happy World Environment Day, from everyone at Hawksafe!
The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a system that imposes charges on a business based on how much energy it uses. On April 2014 the scheme entered into its second phase with another lot of changes to its rules. The latest one is emission conversion factors which measure the amount of pollution your business produces and the cost of allowances that it will have to buy for every tonne of carbon it emits.
In the first phase the rates stayed constant for the whole period but from Phase 2 they will change year on year.
Unless the use of electricity is reduced, compliance with CRC is probably going to become more expensive.
In Phase 1 the rate was £12 per tonne of CO2 whilst in Phase 2 you will have a choice to buy your allowances in a forecast sale at a low rate at the beginning of the compliance year or ‘buy to comply’ sale in arrears after the compliance year has ended. For example if you used 1,000,000 kWh per year it would have cost £6,492 in allowance costs during Phase 1, in Phase 2 these costs will rise to £7,872.
New rates if you buy allowances in the forecast sale will be £15.60 per tonne of CO2 whereas to ‘buy to comply’ sale it will be slightly higher at £16.40 per tonne of CO2.
This information is taken from our monthly Environmental Advice newsletter, sent to all Hawksafe clients, via email. This month’s newsletter also covers current issues relating to these topics:
- Managing Ill Health Problems
- Cycle Facilities
- Flooding – Repair & Renewal Grant
- Water Protection