Why is Fire Safety Important in The Workplace?

Fires in the workplace are a major cause of injury and death
Fires in the workplace are a major cause of injury and death. Therefore, it is essential that fire safety training is given to everyone, regardless of their workplace or industry they work in. It is a legal requirement under government legislation to take adequate and relevant fire safety training.

Employers have a legal duty under Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, implemented in October 2006, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 to ensure all new employees receive the appropriate level of fire safety training. Existing employees should receive refresher training where new fire hazards are identified in a risk assessment.

Is Your Company Compliant with Fire Safety Regulations?

So, what does a company need to do to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? To comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the business must address these four main areas:

  • The fire risk assessment
  • The means of escape
  • The means of giving warning
  • The means of fighting small fires

It is a legal requirement for all employers to carry out a fire risk assessment in the workplace. This must consider the needs of all employees, full time and part-time, anyone who has disabilities and any members of the public who might be on site.

The person who must implement the fire safety rules is termed the “responsible person”. This person could be a manager/employer, owner such as self-employed people. By law, this person has to provide information, instruction and training to employees about fire precautions in the workplace. If the fire safety regulations are not followed, that person could be fined or prosecuted.

The Regulation states that ‘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.’


Why Should I Take This Course?

Train4Academy’s online training course covers all of these areas and more, which fulfils the employers’ legal duty to comply with the regulations. It is designed to give you a good level of knowledge and understanding of how fires can start in the workplace and ways in which the risk of fire can be removed or minimised.


Who Should Take This Course?

This course is for anyone wanting to fulfil their legal duty in the provision of providing fire safety to their employees. This could be managers, supervisors and any employee who need to understand fire safety and fire hazards to work in a safe environment. It is designed to give you the level of knowledge you will need to be able to understand how to identify and minimise the risk of fire in the workplace safely.


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