I came across the article: “Fire safety in commercial premises” (https://www.lexology.com, 2017) which discusses how the tragic recent events at Grenfell Tower, have rightly prompted many commercial organisations to ensure they have taken the necessary precautions should disaster strike.
While many would see these things should be addressed because it’s morally correct and any business would want to ensure that its most valuable assets are as safe as possible, the article also looks at who’s liable in this scenario as well.
“Duties lie with the ‘responsible person’, which is either the employer in the context of a work place, or the person who has ‘control of the premises’, in connection with the carrying on by them of a trade, business or other undertaking.”
“The responsible person must make a ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed (Reg 9). This is not a particularly prescriptive duty; instead putting the onus on the responsible person to decide what is ‘suitable and sufficient’ given the nature of the property, the business and any other relevant factors.”
To conclude, it is imperative that in the event of a fire of disaster of any kind that requires your premises be evacuated, that all bases have been covered. Have you or your employer done everything to ensure that there is minimal risk to human life in your organisation? If the answer is no, then there really is no time like the present.
So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?
For those of you unfamiliar with us, here at Thinking Software we develop and support Workforce Management, Time & Attendance Software. MUSTERD is a product that has stemmed from dated ways that this can be addressed in Time & Attendance and Access Control by producing unreliable roll call reports.
MUSTERD links to Access Control Security Systems constantly working in the background highlighting the movements of all employees. It reads directly from the Access Control SQL database meaning you get to utlise the existing product you have, which then becomes imperative in the event that the alarm is raised.
MUSTERD is an evacuation system that communicates with the Cloud and provides in-time information on the members of staff present on-site. In the event of a fire everyone who is on-site within the Access Control System is made unsafe and staff will make their way to the roll call points where they will meet the fire marshal armed with a MUSTERD device.
The majority of organisations we still see today are using a dated Paper Roll Call which can be inaccurate dependent on the source producing it. If not it’s vulnerable to the weather and the frantic situation these disasters cause. With the MUSTERD solution operating on robust devices communicating with the cloud, it presents a more reliable alternative all round to ensure maximum safety is prioritsed with your employees.
With reference to the article specifically, MUSTERD is simply another way of demonstration how technology is helping to solve problems. It is also another way to highlight that your organisation are doing everything possible to ensure that staff are accounted for effectively in a disaster situation, in the toughest of environments.
So no more ticking people of on paper roll calls – if you can even manage to produce them in the event of a fire or other disaster. Using the effective mobile units the more robust devices are far less vulnerable to the danger and the fact they are communicating with the cloud means they are working in time and extremely rarely not operational.
MUSTERD enables your staff responsible for making people safe to communicate effectively when tensions are running high in a disaster. In all other areas of business we use software to vastly improve existing systems, yet employee safety is an area that still today organisations still have dated methods in place.
Explore an alternative today and make this history, witness a demonstration of MUSTERD.
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