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Tackling the ‘burning issues' in aged care

Just last month, a fire engulfed an aged care facility in northern Mexico, killing at least 16 elderly residents in a pre-dawn inferno. It is just one example of the safety threat care homes are experiencing – and Australia is no stranger to the danger.
Tailored to suit any organisation, CSS can design a program that will ensure a business is as prepared as possible in the event of an incident.
Tailored to suit any organisation, CSS can design a program that will ensure a business is as prepared as possible in the event of an incident.

As momentum builds around the level of responsibility for people that own buildings and manage staff, a clear approach to implementing safety workplace systems, particularly in aged care, is vital – not only for residents but for staff as well.

Adopting a unique online approach to fire safety training, Concept Safety Systems (CSS), an Australian-owned and operated business specialising in smart solutions for an organisation’s fire safety training needs, assists to ensure businesses gain compliance in the “most hassle-free” way possible.

In particular, CSS follows a ‘Zero Harm’ philosophy, which describes the belief that no one should be harmed while on site.

It is described by CSS as the “highest standard for workplace safety” and is a concept it believes “should be at the heart of every business”.

CSS’s Site Induction Program (SIP) is designed to assist preventing any potential harm in the workplace. It incorporates additional planning measure, fire-readiness, and worker engagement strategies.

Tailored to suit any organisation, CSS can design a program that will ensure a business is as prepared as possible in the event of an incident.

CSS’s Fire & Evacuation Program (FEP) – one of CSS’s most popular products – is another program offering a completely online approach to fire safety.

Not only does it allow businesses unprecedented control over its training, the FEP, which you can read more about here, is a one point reference for the location of your building’s fire safety devices; the procedure for evacuating your building safely; contact details for all positions within your Emergency Control Organisation (ECO), as well as interactive floor plans of your site.

Many aged care facilities, hospitals and other care providers use CSS software for emergency and evacuation training.

Some of the newest healthcare facilities in Australia also use CSS product offerings, including the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital, Lady Cilento and the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Take the CSS compliancy test

CSS encourages residential aged care providers to ask themselves the questions below to see if their building would be compliant in the unfortunate event of a fire.

  • If you had a fire tomorrow, would you have access to the necessary equipment to save the lives of your staff?
  • Should a disaster strike, do your staff members know where fire exits are located?
  • Have you minimised the potential damage to your business by having a clear fire evacuation plan for every possible emergency?
  • Have you avoided added chaos during an emergency through assigning building wardens?

Share your workplace safety stories

The Burning Issues is a blog, created by Concept Safety Systems, for sharing stories and knowledge on anything related to safety in the workplace.

The aim is to share relevant and insightful articles that provide practical advice that can be implemented in the workplace.

Expert bloggers share tips and tricks for improving safety in your organisation, looking at key aspects such as safety legislation, building safety and compliance.

Visit Concept Safety Systems’ (CSS) ‘The Burning Issues’ blog or find out more about its ‘Zero Harm’ philosophy and Fire & Evacuation Program, or other CSS services.

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