Hotel company fined £27,000 for fire safety offences

Hotel company Awan Investments Ltd, who manage Ventures hotel in the Paddington area of London, have been issued a £27,000 fine for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A member of the public, who had been staying at the hotel, alerted the authorities after finding emergency exits blocked and fire doors being wedged open during their stay in 2009.

This prosecution will help to give the general public the peace of mind knowing that such breaches are dealt with and improvement orders made regarding the safety of the premises.

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Mercy Ships go to Boat Show

Mercy Ships go to the boat showMercy Ships, our official office charity, went to the Southampton Boat Show to raise their profile and to widen the knowledge about the valuable work that they do.

The organisation runs a ship crewed by volunteer doctors, nurses, water engineers and agriculturalists. It visits some of the world’s poorest countries to offer free medical aid and to deliver projects to improve health care in partnership with local communities.

To take part in the show the Mercy Ships stand had to have a fire extinguisher fitted, making it compliant with the organisers’ health and safety policy. The extinguisher used at the show was donated by Safelincs. This is just a very small contribution, but it marks our continuous support to this organisation.

Whilst at the show the general public were able to sponsor and name a knitted teddy bear, which would then be given to one of the children attending the ship for treatment.

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Containing The Risk

There are many regulations regarding the storage of harmful substances, personal protective equipment and first-aid equipment. These regulations are put into place to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace and require the employer to carry out mandatory risk assessments to identify and store hazardous substances correctly.

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk. COSHH cabinets are designed to store any substance that carry warning labels such as “Toxic”, “Irritant” or “Harmful”. They have removable sump trays in the base to catch any spillages and prevent leakage.  These robust cabinets must meet the strict requirments of the COSHH regulations 2002.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to provide adequate first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel to their employees. First-aid cabinets are designed to meet the storage requirements of these regulations and keep all first-aid equipment in a central, identifiable, location where they are easily accessed in case of emergency.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) cabinets are ideal for storing any protective equipment in an easily identifiable are. PPE includes equipment such as safety footwear, hard hats, high visibility waistcoats, goggles, life jackets, respirators and safety harnesses. These cabinets must comply with The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1994.

To aid employers with the storage of these substances, protective equipment and first-aid equipment, and to help ensure the safety of employees,  Safelincs has added three fantastic lines to its Hazardous Storage Cabinets range.

Quality Manager to Drive Supplier Performance

Safelincs’ quality can only be as good as the quality of its suppliers. That wisdom has long been understood at Safelincs. For years we have carried out regular supplier audits at our fire extinguisher manufacturing plant, the manufacturers of our emergency lighting ranges and at all our key fire safety product suppliers. These audits were up to now carried out by our MD, Product Manager and Warehousing Manager.

We have now formalised the responsibility for supplier audits, supplier quality and goods inwards control to a Quality Manager who will co-ordinate all the quality activities. Our focus on quality and continuous improvement will allow us to offer longer warranties, such as the ten year warranty for fire extinguishers, a five year warranty on the new Dorgard and lifelong warranty for a range of fire escape ladders.

Warehousing Developed to National Standard

We ship many thousands of fire safety products every month to our customers. This can range from a single smoke alarm for a residential customer to over 100,000.00 individual carbon monoxide detectors for a single public sector organisation. On top of this, a substantial number of fire safety retailers use our warehousing facility to dropship their orders directly to their customers.

All these fire safety products must be warehoused and dispatched professionally. We have to guarantee the quality of our fire extinguishers, fire doors, fire safes and other fire safety equipment. We have to ensure that exactly the right quantity with the correct part number is shipped on time and that the smoke detectors, glass break panels and fragile emergency lights are not damaged in transit. Our team uses a barcode quality control system to keep control of over 1500 fire safety lines making sure you will always receive the correct item and with the necessary documentation. We have reached a ‘right first time’ rate of over 99.8%, an unsurpassed benchmark for the fire safety industry.
Now we are pushing even further to ensure that our warehouse is one of the best. In October Safelincs will be audited by the UK Warehousing Association as a nationally recognised warehouse operator. This will give our customers even more confidence in buying fire safety products from Safelincs.