Fire risk management

This booklet is designed to provide employers, managers, workers and governmental organizations with key information on the very severe risks that fires pose in the workplace, as well as on their prevention and control.

The management of fire risks is a fundamental responsibility for every employer. For many employers it is possibly their primary occupational safety and health requirement. A serious fire could destroy a business, but it could also result in the deaths of many innocent people. Effective fire management is a staged process. The stages are logical and small steps can effectively reduce the risks. Close cooperation between workers, employers and governments is essential for successful prevention and control of fire at the workplace.

1. Introduction;
2. History of fires in the workplace;
3. Common causes of major fire disasters in the workplace;
4. Fire risk reduction and control;
5. Fire management systems;
6. Conclusion;
Annex 1: Major factory fires;
Annex 2: Fire warden's - weekly inspection sheet.

Together with this publication, the ILO SafeWork programme has also published a fire safety action checklist. This is a management tool to improve fire safety. The checklist includes three parts:
1. Measures to minimize fire risks;
2. Preparing for fire emergencies;
3. Training.