Who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace? Is it employer? Office manager? Landlord? You?
The short answer is – all the above.
Fire safety training isn’t “somebody else’s responsibility”. Not only will it keep you and your colleagues safe at work, but it will greatly increase your likelihood of surviving outside of work, too.
If you want more information about who exactly is legally responsible for fire safety and fire safety training, visit the official government fire safety resource.
If you are an employer, office manager or landlord, the information above should point you in the right direction and help to train your staff as well as possible.
This article has been written with the help of fire safety experts K & D Systems, who specialise in making fire and smoke curtains that slow down and even stop the spread of fire.
Where to find information about fire safety?
The task of finding a quality fire safety training provider can be daunting. There are, however, a lot of different resources and companies that can help you to get on the right track and develop a practical skills of fire safety.
Local Fire Safety Courses specialises in fire safety training in the workplace. They cater their training sessions to different roles, either train your staff on fire safety or train you to become as fire warden, who is responsible to extinguish fires.
The Health & Safety Group – provides workplace fire safety training and risk assessment procedures, as well as medication administration, diabetes awareness, mental health awareness training and more.
The Fire Safety Advice Centre is a fire safety advice hub with a range of information on fire safety training and resources. It’s a great place to educate yourself in your own time.
Engage in Learning is a seasoned eLearning course provider that provides you and your staff/colleagues with courses and support materials on fire safety. These courses also come with official certification (RoSPA and CPD).
What to expect from a fire safety training?
There are certain subjects that all good training providers should cover, which include:
Part of your training will involve fire theory. This is the basic theory behind combustion and how fire spreads. It informs all the other training procedures, helping you and your colleagues fully understand how to prevent and fight fires.
Using the fire alarm
You and everyone in your workplace should understand how to raise the fire alarm. It’s surprising how often employees are unaware of where the fire alarm is and how to operate it.
Calling the emergency services
An important part of the training will involve making sure everyone is confident that they can call the fire brigade and any other emergency services. This is more important than you might think, as people regularly go into shock in a crisis, so drilling something like calling for the fire brigade can make it much easier if the worst should happen.
Where to go in the event of a fire
Another important part of fire safety procedure is to designate fire assembly points and make sure everyone knows where they are. These are important because it’s where everyone in the building is counted. Counting allows you to work out if everyone made it out of the building. If not, you can inform the fire brigade when they arrive.
How to use fire safety equipment
It’s also important that staff understand how to use fire safety equipment. Not only will this help them fight small flames before they turn into big fires, but it will also prevent them from injuring themselves by misusing the equipment.
Side note: talk to your staff
When it comes to fire (or any kind of health & safety training), it’s worth asking people if there are any specific areas they’re worried about.
Perhaps they require extra training due to your specific work environment, or maybe they are worried about a potential fire hazard that you haven’t noticed?
But ultimately, speaking with your staff is always a good idea. It shows that you care about their wellbeing and see them as individuals, not just workers.