Monday, May 4, 2015

3 Steps to Compliance

With all the responsibilities that occur when taking on a new client, moving to a new company, or working with different facilities,  it is easy to become overwhelmed.  When we work from an overwhelmed state it is easy for critical compliance issues to “slip through the cracks” and be missed.  This could leave your facility (and community) vulnerable to hazards, fire loss, and heavy fines.

Risk by Ben Stephenson

This simple 3-step system for compliance provides clear direction for assessing your facilities, determining areas of vulnerability, and creating a plan for compliance.

  1. Determine current status.

What processes or systems are currently in place? What deficiencies or issues have been noted on previous inspection/audit reports? What is the current condition of the facility?

  1. Conduct a hazard assessment or risk analysis.

Utilizing a checklist or worksheet, conduct a thorough assessment of the fire protection and life safety features currently in place.  Review the operational procedures that take place at the facility.  Identify specific hazards or hazardous areas.  View employee training records and emergency action plans/responsibilities.

  1. Develop a plan of action.

Based on the current condition of the facility, past inspection reports, and your risk assessment conducted, areas of vulnerability or needed improvements will be revealed. A plan can be created to ensure compliance.

Utilizing this 3-step system will help you structure your tasks (and not feel overwhelmed), provide guidance and direction, and ensure that your fire protection and life safety features are code compliant.