All business’ have a legal responsibility to prevent and reduce the risk of fires. Are you and your employees clued up?
The Fire Safety Order and its connection to Fire Awareness Training
The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires that fire safety training is provided to staff when they commence employment with a company and that refresher training is provided on a regular basis for staff. All companies have a legal duty to ensure all staff members have fire safety training. Without fire safety training your employees are vulnerable and if your staff do not have fire awareness training, this could make your insurance invalid. Fire awareness training courses are excellent to educate your staff and to also protect them. Fire awareness training has three main objectives, training those on the course:
- To reduce the risk of fires happening.
- To deal with fires if a fire does occur.
- To escape safely if a fire does occur.
529,000 incidents were attended to by the fire and rescue services in England according to the last published Fire Statistics document. There were 303 fire-related fatalities and 7661 non-fatal fire-related casualties. The most common cause of fire fatality is being overcome by gas and smoke.
Common Causes of Fire in the Workplace
The most common causes of fire in the workplace are:
Combustible materials on site
Ensure that when you are choosing a fire awareness training course that you opt for a fully accredited course. A good course will tailor its training to meet your business needs such as focusing on: the fire extinguishers on your site, your policy regarding evacuation and fire drills, the type of fire hazards on your site, your procedures regarding general fire safety and the role you give to staff related to fire safety. A ‘one size’ fits all approach to fire awareness training is not advisable.