Fire Safety at Work

Fire Safety at Work

On 1st October 2006, laws regarding Fire Safety were put into force in order to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace, as well as increasing knowledge on how to prevent a fire occurring. As a ‘responsible person,’ your duty is to comply with these standards and follow them regularly. 

If you are the ‘responsible person,’ you have a legal responsibility to ensure each person in the building understands what to do if a fire breaks out, as well as having an understanding on how to escape the area in a safe manner.

Who is the responsible person?

  • Employer
  • Owner
  • Landlord
  • Occupier
  • Anybody who has control of the premises, such as, building manager, risk assessor, facilities manager or managing assistant

As the ‘responsible person’ ensuring everyone gets to safety, you have a legal requirement to:

  • Provide each member of staff with fire safety training
  • Plan for an emergency
  • Explain to staff, or their representatives about any risks you have identified
  • Review and carry out fire risk assessments of the premises you are in regularly
  • Have appropriate fire safety measures put in place

Responsibilities

As well as the above, the responsible person also has a legal requirement to regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. If there are five or more people in the workplace, a written record of the fire risk assessment must be kept.

Quite simply, a fire risk assessment identifies exactly what needs to be done in the workplace to ensure everyone is kept as safe as possible.

A typical risk assessment includes:

  • Identify any fire hazards
  • Identify which people are at risk
  • Reduce or remove any risks you have found
  • Make a record of any findings, provide training and prepare an emergency plan
  • Review and update your fire risk assessment regularly

Maintenance and testing are also key areas to comply with in order to prevent injuries and deaths occurring if a fire was to break out. The responsible person has a duty to ensure the following:

  • All escape routes are clear and the floor is in good condition
  • Fire alarm systems and emergency lighting are working
  • Fire exit signs are in the correct place
  • Fire escape doors are easy to open
  • Automatic fire doors can close correctly
  • Any faults in systems and equipment are recorded

By following the correct protocol for Fire Safety in the workplace, you, your employees and anybody that enters the building will have a greater understanding of what to do if a fire breaks out. If you have an employee that is not able to leave a multi-storey building independently, an evacuation chair is a necessity to ensure they are able to escape safely from the building.

If you do not follow these fire safety regulations, you may be fined or even go to prison.

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