By their very nature, warehouses and distribution centres are vast spaces with building structures that include high ceilings, open loading bay areas and many rows of racking. This can make detecting the early signals of a fire very difficult, there might also be a temptation for operators to cut corners and breach health and safety compliance procedures and, there is of course the increased the risk of theft.
Whilst installing a fire alarm system is a legal requirement, installing security systems such as intruder alarms, access control systems and CCTV surveillance cameras can help protect people, property and processes.
When installing fire or security systems within a warehouse or distribution centre is important to ensure that the most appropriate alarm and security equipment is specified according to the business use and related fire and security risks. The choice of fire alarm, smoke detectors and security systems will be determined during the fire risk assessment and the security review.
These thorough reviews will seek to understand how your business operates and will help to identify all fire and security risks in order to help ensure the most suitable systems are installed.
Once installed, company directors, the Responsible Individual(s) or anyone else nominated as being responsible for fire safety have a legal responsibility to ensure the fire alarm system and equipment is regularly maintained, and that a record is kept of inspections and any remedial works. It is also advisable to refer to any relevant building regulations and include maintenance and repair of security equipment within a programme of regular inspection.
The business activities carried out in a warehouse or distribution centre can vary. Very often, the facility will operate as an interchange for many different products and brands.
The key challenge is to ensure that:
- People, processes and property are protected by ensuring the right type of fire alarm is installed according to the types of products being stored and fire risks involved. A traditional analogue or wireless fire alarm with fire detection devices will not usually be appropriate for a warehouse as by the time the fire signals reach the device, the fire may have spread too extensively.
- CCTV systems are installed with careful consideration of camera positions to ensure areas are well monitored. Clear signage that CCTV is in operation is also required in order to meet data compliance regulations.
- Access control systems are installed and configured to only allow access to those with the right authorisation.
At Tecserv UK we have a team of fully qualified engineers who are able to interpret the requirements of the design specification provided by the fire risk assessor.
We have distributor agreements with most of the major fire and security alarm, access control and CCTV system manufacturers and are therefore able to supply and install the systems best suited to the protect the processes, property and people working in commercial buildings.
Our expertise includes warehouses, chemical storage facilities. We also protect a film studio’s where all sorts of special film effects are carried out within a vast complex of high ceiling buildings.
We therefore have an expert understanding of the important factors that need to be considered.
Every business has different fire and security protection needs. We help you understand your business fire and security risks to ensure all potential vulnerabilities are considered.
Ensure Safety & Compliance
We’ll ensure your safety and compliance obligations are met so that your people, property and processes are protected. This avoids fines and possible prison sentences.
The after effects of a fire or a security breach can severely disrupt your business and lead to lost revenue, reputational damage and diminished customer loyalty. Some businesses never recover.