In this article we answer the popular question “Is fire safety training a legal requirement?”
The answer is yes, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifically states that employees are provided with adequate fire safety training. Employers also have a legal obligation to provide their employees with comprehensible and relevant information with regard to fire.
What training do I need to provide?
For general fire safety awareness your training should cover four key areas:
- Fire prevention, company rules and regulations
- What to do in the event of a fire
- Equipment and good practise
- Fire alarms
Who needs to receive this training?
Everybody who you employ or who works on your premises, so that covers both full and part time staff, employees on zero hours contracts, security, cleaners and contractors. If you run a charitable organisation or use volunteers they should also receive fire safety awareness training.
How often should I carry out this training?
Staff should receive their first fire safety awareness training as part of their induction when they start work for your business. This training should be refreshed on at least an annual basis so they remain familiar with emergency procedures. Training is also needed if anything changes within your workplace, for example you may introduce a new manufacturing process which increases your fire risk or the layout of the workplace may be changed resulting in different escape routes. If your business has a high turnover of staff, has a hire fire risk or you are responsible for hotel guests, vulnerable residents or patients, training should be carried out more frequently.
What about training for fire marshals?
Fire marshal training is more detailed than general fire safety awareness because your marshals will have specific responsibilities to ensure the safety of others in the event of an emergency. Your fire risk assessment may also highlight job roles that require more in depth training due to particular responsibilities, staff such as receptionists, security staff, supervisors, engineering operatives, care attendants or control room workers.
They will require detailed instruction in their own roles and if you expect fire marshals (or any other staff) to tackle small fires extinguisher training should also be carried out. This training should be repeated every six months.
Envesca offer two levels of Fire Safety Training.
If you would like to discuss the various options with our friendly team just give us a call on 01452 898180