Fire Risk Assessment Network – Client Focus

I recently worked with the Fire Risk Assessment Network. Here is an overview of what they do.

Do you know what fire safety consultants actually do for work? You might think they just keep things from burning down or getting set on fire, but it’s not as simple as that. Without them around keeping an eye out for people and places, lives and property would get lost needlessly to accidents and mistakes that they prevent. Their work occurs before and during building construction, continues during a building’s existence and even happens outside of permanent buildings as well.

Fire safety consultants start their work long before any building or structure even has the groundbreaking ceremony or first hole dug. Architects and property planners work with fire safety consultants at the design stage. These consultants are there from the start to advise on a wide variety of details, most of which have to do with local municipal, county or state ordinances and building codes.

These laws, rules and regulations exist to make sure that new structures are built to be fire-resistant and allow room enough for both evacuations of people inside and room for fire services to approach a burning structure safely yet quickly. Fire safety consultants are familiar with all these rules and red tape, and consult with architects to make sure that the designs they lay out can actually be constructed, both for the safety of future occupants and also to help the builders avoid fines and delays from government inspectors. This also irons out the permit process.

Once construction does begin, fire safety consultants have twice the workload they had during a consultation and design phase. They must assist builders with making sure the building going up will be safe in or from a fire, but also make sure that the work site itself minimizes the dangers of fire during construction.

Construction fires can happen for many reasons. A chaotic work scene with hazardous chemicals, power tools, sources of flame and sparks, and piles of combustible raw materials all make the perfect breeding ground for a fire to start. Even if it is contained quickly and no one gets hurt, construction is delayed at best. At worst, there can be injuries, fatalities, cost overruns, and insurance claims and premiums.

Fire safety consultants don’t just look out for the workers involved in the project though, as they also think about the people that will be in the building after it’s done. They make sure that construction materials that are fire-resistant are used, and that there are actually fire exits, extinguishers and sprinkler systems put in place like the designs call for. They’ll even analyze the surrounding landscape for fire hazards to protect the building from external fire threats.

Once a building does exist, the consultant’s job doesn’t end. Fire exits, signs, containment systems and extinguishers are all checked periodically. Evacuation routes and plans are drawn up, printed and posted everywhere, and workers or occupants of the building are trained and briefed on them.

New structures aren’t the only ones that get the attention of fire safety consultants. Older structures can be fire hazards for using older materials or being built to looser codes, if any at all. Consultants can always come in and look a place over to make recommendations on how to minimize the chances of a fire event damaging the structure.

Even without making serious structural changes to a home or building, a good fire safety consultant can make specific suggestions on the newest sprinkler and fire prevention systems. Even choices of new rugs, flooring, furniture and paint can drastically minimize the chances of a fire starting or raging through a home or building. The right professional can show you exactly where sprinklers, extinguishers and smoke detectors should be, as well as how to operate and maintain them.

Fire safety consultants also deal with public gatherings of temporary places, not just buildings. These are usually one-time events like concerts, festivals, parades and even sometimes peaceful protests. Any large gathering of people becomes a concern if there is a fire, even outside. If the density of individuals is too thick for a quick evacuation, any local concentration of smoke can mean respiratory damage, death or a possible stampede.

The next time you ask yourself just what do fire safety consultants do, you know. They make sure that future construction projects are done so with the latest safety rules and laws in mind, and then see to it that structures are built safely both for the construction workers and future occupants. A fire safety consultant can also walk through any older building to make it safer, and see to it that your favorite festival or concert is a fun and safe one where the fireworks you enjoy don’t burn the place down.

Health and Safety Executive – Client Focus

I recently shot photographs for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. This article explains what  the HSE does.

The Functions of  the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) independently regulate in the public’s best interest in order to lower the amount of work-related deaths as well as serious injuries that may occur in workplace throughout Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also help provide support the Government’s current health as well as work safety goals.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) first came about in 1975 and took over the responsibilities of the Health and Safety Commission enforcing health and safety regulations applicable to all workplaces with the exception of those that are regulated by by Local Authorities.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) mission is “The prevention of death,injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities.” Their goal is to secure the health, welfare and safety of the everyday worker as well as protect anyone else from health and safety risks related to the work environment.

The Health Safety Executive’s (HSE) principal judicial responsibilities are to create and establish the crucial regulations in regards to health and safety in the workplace and ensure that those standards and regulations are followed through. To provide advisory services through investigation and publishing the information acquired from said investigations as well as advise and provide requested information and skillful counsel to a MInister of the Crown.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the authority to pay a visit to any workplace at any time for a routine health inspection. They are also authorized to look into and follow up on any reports of a work related injury. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may also investigate any workplace that could be considered a health or safety risk according to regulations.

If at any point the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) do visit a workplace on a routine inspection they may look into what may have cause a particular accident, the will also let the work place know if anything must be done in order to prevent future accidents, they will also rule whether or not there has been some sort of health and or safety breach.

Once a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector has completed an inspection if they consider that any health and or safety laws have been broken or maybe they find considerable evidence that there are areas or activities that may cause future risks they may provide a verbal or written informal warning, provide a prohibition notice or perhaps an improvement notice. However if they believe the situation to be severe then the company and or individuals involved could face prosecution.

Depending on the extent and gravity of the situation the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will respond accordingly. If the situation and breach of the law was minor the inspector may simply inform the person and or company in question of what they must do to rectify said breach through an written or verbal informal warning.

When the situation is a bit more severe the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector may issue an improvement notice in which he or she will explain to the person or company in question what to do to make amends for the breached law. It will also explain the reason why and give an allotted amount of time,usually twenty one days in which the person and or company must comply. If said requirements are not made the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may be forced to proceed legally.

If during an inspection a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) finds an activity or situation that does or may put a worker at risk he will issue a prohibition notice. As it states the prohibition notice will prohibit the risky activity effective immediately and said activity will not be allowed to resume until remedial actions have been properly carried out to avoid risk.

If the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector finds risky activity to be severe he or she may proceed directly to prosecuting said offenders. Although health and safety laws do provide courts with ample range with which to punish offenders and discourage said activities the maximum penalty allowed under health and safety regulations varies and depends on each individual occurrence. For more information visit www.hse.gov.uk.

Commercial Photographer For Catalogue Products – Available For Hire

Are you currently searching for a professional photographer that would be able to take pictures of the many different products that you have, creating a fashionable images that could be placed into your catalogue? When searching for a photographer that has this level of expertise, you may become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of photographers that can offer this type of service. You will want to be able to narrow down your final choice to an individual that has years of experience in this industry, with a portfolio of previous jobs that he or she has completed. Here are the top things to look for when choosing a commercial photographer for catalogue products, and why you should consider working with our company.

Previous Experience Is Mandatory

When you look in a large national catalogue, you will see a variety of products that are for sale. These could be individual appliances that are being sold, or different outfits that are being modelled by attractive people that are presenting the different attire that is available. Being able to capture the image with the proper lighting, and also have the model in the right pose with the proper expression, takes years of experience to get everything just right. It’s also important to take many different shots so that the right one can be chosen and used in the catalogue to motivate people to buy. If a photographer has done this hundreds of times, they are likely to have the experience necessary to handle any type of product that you are making available in your catalogue. That is the first factor that is important to consider when choosing a photographer for this purpose, but it’s also important to know if they have the right equipment.

Photographers With Professional Equipment

Another reason that you should work with any photographer is knowing that they have state-of-the-art photography equipment. They should not only have excellent cameras, but equipment that can provide the proper lighting, and also backdrops which are sometimes necessary to make the picture-perfect. The cameras that they use should have the ability to quickly download the images to a computer where they can be rendered to perfection. These photographers should also have access to state-of-the-art image rendering software that can make the image come to life, enhancing all of the colours. Our company has both prior experience with shooting images for catalogues, and we also use state-of-the-art software that can create the perfect images, ready to upload to your online catalogue, or that will be ready for print. We also have something that many other companies do not have which is the most affordable pricing in the industry, the final consideration that most people make when choosing a photographer for their project.

Affordable Prices

The prices that we charge will definitely be some of the lowest in the area. If we are not, we will other match the price, or we will explain why are prices are a little more. In most cases, the quality of the images that you receive, as well as the service that we will provide, may sometimes merit a slightly higher price. It really comes down to whether or not you want average images to be added to your catalog, or perfectly clear images with vibrant colors, the type of images that our company produces. However, in most cases, we will be the most affordable photography company available for creating catalog images that you will absolutely enjoy. By giving us a call today, we will be able to give you a quote on how much a project will cost, allowing you to make a logical decision based upon our track record, the equipment that we use, and the prices that we charge.

Get in touch

Once you have done your research on the many different photography companies that are in the area, after we have given you a quote on your project, you will likely want to work with us based upon everything we will be able to do to increase your chances of motivating people to purchase the products that you have to offer. Images that are clear and crisp, that are taken in a professional setting, can increase your odds of selling more products throughout the year. Most people only do a catalogue once a year, and you want that catalogue to be the absolute best with images that truly standout. Give us a call today so that we can give you a quote on how much it will cost to help you create the best catalogue you have ever had made. If quality is what you are looking for, at an affordable price, we will definitely be able to help you out. Get in touch today.