Fire safety training post – How frequently should staff receive fire training?

Fire safety training

Government guidance does not detail the frequency  of fire safety training, refresher training or fire drills.

The frequency of fire training will depend on the level of risk in a workplace. In a building with high risk, training should occur more often than premises which are low risk. For example, a large building with dangerous chemicals and many staff would have more complex plans and training than a single storey building with ten employees.

A good fire risk assessor will be able to provide guidance on how often staff have fire training. For example:

  • A large care home may have annual fire training.
  • A high risk chemical plant should have at least annual training.
  • A small building and low staff numbers could have fire training every two or three years.

So what should an organisations staff fire training cover? Government guidance booklets provide good advice and recommend that the fire emergency plan should be covered.

This will include:

  • Action on discovery of a fire.
  • Action on hearing the fire alarm.
  • Arrangements for calling the fire brigade.
  • Fire fighting equipment provided.
  • Evacuation plans including those particularly at risk.
    • Disabled fire procedures.
    • Procedures for those working in remote areas.
    • Procedures for persons working alone.
    • Plans out of office hours.
    • Regular hour fire procedures.
  • Location of escape routes.
  • Persons with specific responsibilities in the fire evacuation plan
  • Location of assembly points.
  • Frequency of training.

General staff fire training

We provide accredited fire safety courses and these can be provided at your workplace or at one of our venues. We also run open courses in London and you can send staff for basic fire safety training.

Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance and online fire safety booklet links. For details of this course go to our General staff fire training page.

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