February 2, 2018 by admin
Fire Safety in the Workplace – Who is Responsible?
We’ve all experienced the induction process of a new workplace; the location of the kitchen, the toilets, your new desk or work area. All vital things for getting settled into your new job, but more importantly, you should have received some health and safety training that is relevant to your industry and fire safety information. This should include;
• The location of your fire assemble point
• The location of the fire extinguishers and the fire alarm alert buttons
• How to raise the alert if there is a fire
• The company policy on fire safety and any specific preventative measures that are in place
This should happen on your first day of employment by the companies appointed fire safety marshal or responsible person and is a legal requirement under Article 21 of the Regulatory Reform Order 2005.
Who is responsible for fire safety?
You are responsible for fire safety if you are:
• An employer
• The owner of a premises (non-domestic)
• A landlord
• A tenant of a business premises
• Anyone that is in a position of control, e.g. a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor
Most businesses will appoint a ‘responsible person’ to be in charge of checking that fire safety is adhered to and they receive training to ensure that they know their responsibilities and how to carry them out effectively. Responsible people must know how to make sure that the premises is safe from fire.
• know how to carry out a fire risk assessment and perform it regularly, making sure that any risks identified are fixed
• review the fire risk assessment and put in place measures to maintain appropriate fire safety standards
• have a plan ready for if an emergency should occur
• be able to train and provide information for other staff members
If you are asked to be a fire marshal or the responsible person for your company, you must undergo specialist training to ensure that you comply with the law surrounding fire safety in the workplace and so that you are confident with the task at hand; an emergency situation can break out at any time and you will need to be prepared for that.
Our Training for Fire Wardens and Marshals is specifically designed to ensure that you have the required education in regards to fire safety, evacuation procedures, prevention, and practical use of safety equipment.
Training is carried out on site, meaning that you do not have to travel or lose any more time than is necessary and all personal protective equipment or PPE is provided by our trainers. We use ‘LIVE FIRE’ scenarios that are fully controlled and risk assessed prior to commencement so that you have some experience with tackling a real fire and get to see first-hand the way that a fire behaves under certain conditions.
Our training is thorough, with 13 modules to work through; from legislation and the chemistry of a fire, to the various ways of tackling a fire and what is expected of you as a responsible person. A multiple choice exam is then taken and a certificate is produced which is valid for 3 years from the date of training.
If you have new staff that require fire training, your current fire marshal certificate is running out or you need to appoint a new one, why not book them in on our course to ensure that your business remains compliant with fire safety legislation?
Simply call 01953 711566 or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you when it is more convenient.