It is a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that one or more ‘competent persons’ are designated within each workplace to take charge of all fire safety aspects.
Fire Safety Training plays an important role within any workplace. Apart from being a legal requirement, Fire Safety Training provides essential knowledge to employees on what procedures to follow in the event of a fire situation. Fire Wardens/Marshals are a must for any organisation, their expertise can prevent hazardous fire situations from developing. And more significantly, their expertise will allow them to assist the responsible person in providing safety assistance in the event of an emergency.
The core objective of our fire safety training courses is to provide those in positions of responsibility with specific information, skills and knowledge, enabling them to perform the duties of a fire marshal or warden.
Under article 21 of the Fire Safety Order 2005, fire safety training for staff is a legal requirement in the UK. Failure to train all staff may result in the company being prosecuted.
The relevant British Standard recommends that an employee should be trained upon induction, or on being given new responsibilities, then provided with regular refresher training at least annually.
SOA Safety offer a range of fire safety courses to satisfy this legislative requirement. From our 1 hour practical demonstration in the safe use of portable fire extinguishers utilising one of our bespoke portable gas fire simulator trailers through to our NEBOSH Fire course, SOA’S experienced trainers are on hand to assist. Alternatively, we can create bespoke training solutions, tailored to the specific needs of your premises.
SOA offer courses throughout the UK at your businesses premises or at one of our training venues. Our training centre in Dalton In Furness allows delegates to experience the effects of smoke in our ‘smoke corridor’ with opportunities to fight live fire.
FAQ Fire Training
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) covers fire safety in non-domestic premises. It requires the person in control of a premises to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. Employers must provide information, instruction and training to employees about fire precautions in the workplace.
The Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 impose duties on construction site managers to assess and minimise fire risk from work activities by elimination, reduction and control of ignition sources and combustible materials.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) (SI 2002 No.2776) puts duties on employers to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace form dangerous substances such as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations and dusts from foodstuffs.
So, yes fire safety training is a legal requirement for any employer and the training is mandatory.
Cooking appliances and electrical equipment account for over 60% of the total number of accidental fires. The majority of fires occurred in:
- Private garages and sheds (22%)
- Retail distribution (14%)
- Restaurants, cafes, public houses etc (9%)
- Industrial premises (other than construction) (8%)
- Recreational and other cultural services (6%)
The main consequences of fire are:Death - although this is a very real risk, relatively few people die in building fires that are not in dwellings. About half of all deaths are due to being overcome by gas or smoke.
Injury - about 10% of all personal injuries reported each year are caused by fire.
Building damage - can be very significant, particularly if the building materials have poor resistance to fire and there is little or no built-in fire protection;
Loss of business and jobs - it is estimated that about 40% of businesses do not start up again after a significant fire. Many are under, or not insured and small companies often cannot afford the time and expense of setting up again when they probably still have old debts to service;
Environmental damage - from the fire and/or fighting the fire - fire-fighting water, the products of combustion and exploding building materials, such as asbestos cement roofs, can contaminate significant areas around the fire site.
So, Fire Safety Training is important to help reduce these numbers
Training should be should be given upon induction and preferably a second time within the first month of employment. Refresher training should be given at least once a year. Training should be undertaken by a competent person and a record kept in some form of log book
If Fire Warden training is required this should be refreshed every 3 years.