Each year there are over 600,000 fire-related incidents in the UK, with 20,000 fires occurring in the workplace or areas where people gather. Fire can destroy lives, close businesses and put a tremendous strain on the health and welfare of those affected. As well as in providing a much safer working environment for all of their employees, achievement of a fire safety qualification by staff members will assist organisations in meeting their legal obligations
All members of staff have a role to play in fire safety and the fire-safety qualifications that we offer help to support these. In order to aid understanding and compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, we offer two training courses:
This regulated qualification is aimed at all staff, particularly new starters, in any workplace, where a basic understanding of fire safety is required. Those gaining this qualification will know that
fire safety is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace with recognition of the contribution they may have in preventing the start and spread of fire.
Ideal for Fire Marshals / Fire Wardens, this regulated qualification is aimed at anyone involved in the management of fire safety in any workplace. This includes managers, supervisors, team leaders, fire wardens (marshals) and staff working in any area where there is a potential risk of fire. Those gaining this qualification will know that fire safety is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace and will recognise the consequences of a fire in any premises.
From October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), came into effect. This requires the responsible person (employer, occupier or owner) to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and ensure safe escape for both employees and visitors.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order requires the responsible person to:
- Ensure all employees are provided with adequate safety training at the time they are first employed and on being exposed to new and increased risks.
- Appoint one or more ‘competent person’ to assist with fire safety in the workplace, and provide them with sufficient training to remain effective in reducing the risks from fire hazards.
The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupations. The law applies to you if you are:
- a charity or voluntary organisation
- a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
- providing accommodation for paying guests
- responsible for business premises
- an employer or self-employed with business premises
- responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
Under the FSO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.