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On Top of Fire Risk Assessment, Workplace Fire Training is a Must


In a workplace setting, the employer is considered “the responsible person”
No one ever wants to be in the middle of an inferno, but disasters have no fixed schedule. Busted wiring, faulty equipment, or even a cigarette left in the wrong place can send fire alarms screaming throughout an office building. While it can be impossible to predict when a fire will occur, however, organisations can take specific steps that will prepare them for such an event. In a workplace setting, the employer is considered “the responsible person”, and a memo from Gov.uk gives a clear reminder of their duties:


 

  • carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
  • put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • plan for an emergency
  • provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
On top of those responsibilities, the existing Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations make it compulsory for employers to train their workers and equip them with basic awareness about what to do in case of a fire. To help companies comply with these regulations, firms such as Help and Safety at Work Ltd. specialise in providing fire risk assessment services as well as workplace fire training courses for nominated employees who need to act as Fire Wardens, personnel who are assigned to lead fire evacuation procedures. Undergoing workplace fire training courses will allow employees to perform these roles properly.

Normally, a fire training course can run up to two hours, with the first hour dedicated to basic fire awareness and the second one focusing on the responsibilities of a Fire Warden. During the course, the nominated employees will gain better familiarity with a fire's behavior, know how to handle a workplace incident, and understand what needs to be done. Most importantly, the training gives them the opportunity to provide input for their organisation's Emergency Plan, thus acquainting them with the procedures in place.

During any incident, the most immediately accessible resources towards safety are the people within the premises themselves. Therefore, obtaining fire safety services such as training and risk assessments are invaluable so that everyone in the workplace is ready for any fire emergency, any time.

(Source: Fire safety in the workplace, Gov.uk)

  • Date posted:
    17/11/2014
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