If you work in a factory, the risk of an explosion or fire can be serious. Most factories use processes that will use flammable materials of some kind. Even if the materials themselves aren’t flammable, the chemicals used on them may be.  

It is important that your employer goes through a fire risk assessment checklist and that you’re trained on what to do if a fire does break out. You should be able to monitor the work environment and take steps to reduce the risk of explosions or fires. 

Did you know that fire safety is specifically addressed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? There are many different standards that have to be met in workplaces. If you have regular small fires or have noticed fire risks, speak up. Let your employer know about your concerns, so they can review the requirements and make sure they’re keeping the facility in compliance with the OSHA’s requirements. 

Should all workers receive fire training on the job?

At a minimum, workers need to receive safety training on where to go in the case of a fire. They should be able to identify exits, find fire extinguishers and know how to turn off machinery or seal off areas where a fire is present. Having just a small amount of information about what to do can change the course of an accident and reduce the risk of one taking lives. 

If you are involved in a workplace fire and are burned or injured, it’s important for you to seek out the compensation you need. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation, which can cover a portion of your financial losses.