Site specific fire training
Is your fire training site specific?
Is your fire training site specific? All employees require fire training and government guidance details what they will need to know. Many organisations do not train there staff in the correct way, so why not follow our simple guide.
Most managers know that a fire risk assessment of the workplace is a legal requirement. Many others also know that they need a fire emergency plan. A fire emergency plan details the fire safety arrangements of the workplace and also includes any fire evacuation plans they have in place.
Fire emergency plan
The fire emergency plan should cover the following issues:
- Action on discovery of a fire – This will detail the action to be taken on discovering small and also large fires.
- Warning if there is a fire – This means the details of the fire alarm system, how it operates, what it sounds like and also what staff should do when they hear it.
- Arrangements for calling the Fire Brigade. This includes who calls them and also when. Staff show be aware of the policy that fire services have dealing with automatic fire alarms. Many fire services have different policies, so make sure you find out which one your local fire service operates.
- Evacuation plans – All staff must know what to do when the fire alarm operates and also who will put the plans into place.
- Power and process isolation. Some workplaces will need to shut down machinery if the fire alarm operates.
- Assembly points – Where it is and also, is there a secondary point if the first is not available.
- Liaison with the Fire Service – Which member of your staff meets the fire service and where?
- Identification of key escape routes – This is easily sorted by placing floor plans next to each fire action notice.
- Fire fighting equipment – Details of your fire extinguishers. This should also include systems in server rooms, kitchens etc.
- Details of persons with responsibilities in the fire plan ie fire marshals.
- Details of fire training for fire marshals, all staff, evacuation buddies, temporary staff etc.
- Provision of information to other persons – Making sure other tenants and neighbours know about your fire plans etc.
Staff fire training
Staff fire training should be based on the plan above. It is so simple! Make a plan and then tell your staff what is in it and also don’t forget to carry out fire drills.
Many companies like to include live fire extinguisher training and our teams can provide this at your site or at our venue if you do have outside space. Either email us or call us for more details.
So how often should fire training be carried out? This will depend on the level of risk in the building. A good fire risk assessor will be able to help you decide how often your staff need fire training.
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