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When was the last time you did a fire drill?

Fire Drill

Fire risk and understanding what to do in the event of one occurring when at work should be a priority to all employers and employees. With all the education we have at our disposal now there is a no reason why all members of staff shouldn’t have the knowledge on what they should do to make themselves and others safe in the event of a fire.

I came across the article: “New research from law firm Hugh James raises question over health and safety in the workplace when it comes to fire risk.” (Owen Gough, 2017, http://smallbusiness.co.uk) It goes on to highlight the alarming results from surveys conducted with reference to fire safety, with the outcome being that in the majority of cases, staff don’t feel confident and untrained to tackle the threats posed by fire.

“The survey, which polled 2,000 full and part-time employees working in the UK, revealed gaps in fire safety procedures when it comes to UK workplaces. Worryingly, the research highlighted that almost half (46 per cent) haven’t received workplace training on what to do in the event of a fire or any health and safety policies at all. Furthermore, the findings also reveal that many couldn’t recall when the fire doors (42 per cent) or fire extinguishers (28 per cent) at their workplace were last inspected.”

The conclusion of the research makes for quite worrying reading that in the event of a very dangerous situation, many businesses and their staff could find themselves completely unprepared. In the 21st century with technology always innovating and more compliance regulations being put in legislation, there has never been a more important time to address these issues.

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.

So like with all technology, here at Thinking Software we are proud to always been innovating with our creations. MUSTERD is simply the answer to making basic roll call dated method it should be and using more robust and reliable technology to provide you Fire/Disaster Marshals with a more accurate understanding of where people are when disaster strikes.

Need is very much the mother of invention. We have been working in partnership with Access Control Manufacturers for a long period of time and are very proud to do so. However in the event of a fire, naturally it becomes vulnerable and in that environment can be forced into being disabled. The Access Control system produces a very basic roll call report, all of which is unavailable when disabled.

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.

With reference to the article specifically, it is evident that organisations haven’t necessarily been putting in the time required to ensure that the risk to their employees is kept to a minimum in the event of a fire. In all areas of an organisation, operationally approaches will be scrutinised and improved when new technology becomes available.

So why wait any longer to bring this into the 21st century like you would with roles that can heavily assisted by software. MUSTERD enables your staff responsible for making people safe to communicate effectively when tensions are running high in a disaster. The technology also ensure it’s operational in the toughest of conditions ensuring you can always make people safe.

Don’t just take my word for it, you can arrange to see it in action through you’re own 20 minute web demonstration that can be arranged by calling our team on 0800 854 471. Otherwise though please visit or website for further information that can be found at:


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