Fire training explained

Posted 09/12/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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If you own, manage or operate a business, you need to comply with fire safety law. The main law is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1 October 2006.
This law applies to virtually all buildings, places and structures other than individual private dwellings e.g. individual flats in a block or family homes, and it is your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.

Adequate fire safety training would generally include:

  • Induction training (general fire awareness)
    Periodic refresher training (or where the level of fire risk increases as a result of changes)
    Training to support people in fulfilling their fire safety duties (e.g. responsible person)
    Training towards competence (fire risk assessment, fire warden, fire extinguisher)

Article 13 – “(3b) nominate competent persons to implement those measures and ensure that the number of such persons, their training and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into account the size of, and the specific hazards involved in, the premises concerned”

“(4) A person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes of paragraph (3)(b) where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to implement the measures referred to in that paragraph.”

Article 21:
21.—(1) The responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training—
(a)at the time when they are first employed; and
(b)on their being exposed to new or increased risks because of—
(i)their being transferred or given a change of responsibilities within the responsible person’s undertaking;
(ii)the introduction of new work equipment into, or a change respecting work equipment already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking;
(iii)the introduction of new technology into the responsible person’s undertaking; or
(iv)the introduction of a new system of work into, or a change respecting a system of work already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking.
(2) The training referred to in paragraph (1) must—
(a)include suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the appropriate precautions and actions to be taken by the employee in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons on the premises;
(b)be repeated periodically where appropriate;
(c)be adapted to take account of any new or changed risks to the safety of the employees concerned;
(d)be provided in a manner appropriate to the risk identified by the risk assessment; and
(e)take place during working hours.