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There's so much happening in the world of health & safety. Changes in legislation and requirements, changes in best practice, changes in ... you name it. Here's my take on making it simple. Simply Genius WHS - stop guessing... manage with confidence.

Fire safety and Emergency plans

Maralyn Kastel - Sunday, October 04, 2009

How much paper equals 4 litres of petrol?

As a rule of thumb every kilogram of paper has the same energy volatility as 4 litres of petrol.
That means if you set fire to a 1 kilo pile of paper you have the same result as tossing a match into a plastic bucket half full of unleaded petrol Here is a real thought provoker: Do you realise that most offices have an excessive amount of loose and scattered paper covering desks, book shelves, tables, chairs, etc.

So, if a fire happens in an office building, the offices with scattered paper have the same amount of damage as if someone had tossed litres of petrol in their work space. In the event of a fire, paper stored in cupboards and filing cabinets are many times less volatile than those loose sheets or files so often kept on desks or in open trays in any busy office. How much paper do you have in your office? A clean desk policy will reduce the risks in the event of a fire.

Make sure you talk with your workers about good housekeeping and your emergency plan, it could just save a life.

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