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Are Your Staff Being Given Enough Fire Safety Training? – 5 Steps To Ensure They Are

The amount of fire safety training given to staff by their employers varies from company to company. However, within any commercial setting, it is a legal requirement for staff to be trained in fire safety procedures.


1. Fire Safety Training Responsibilities

A responsible person is an employer or anyone who has control of the premises, or the activities that takes place within.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states, “the responsible person must ensure that all employees are provided with adequate safety training.” You must have a clear understanding yourself of how to ensure your premises is fire safe, what action to take in the event of a fire, know the difference between fire classes, which extinguisher is used for which type of fire and what the evacuation process is. If you don’t know this, how do you expect your staff to?

Failure to comply could result in a hefty fine or imprisonment.


2. Carry Out A FRA On The Premises

A Fire Fisk Assessment (FRA) identifies the hazards and risks then provides solutions. It will assess whether the safety methods you have in place are adequate or if anything need to be changed.

Unsure on where to start in carrying out a FRA? You don’t have to do it yourself. You can have a professional fire risk assessor come to your premises. They understand the potential risks and hazards and make unbiased recommendations to improve your buildings fire safety procedures.

The fire risk assessor will check all hazards on site, policies and procedures alongside the training of your staff on site. Upon completion you will receive a Fire Risk Assessment Report outlining the  findings and a solution.


3. Available Courses  

Not having the correct training can endanger lives and cause a containable fire to quickly become out of control. There are 3 different courses available to assist in keeping your staff and property safe.

  • Fire Extinguisher Training

There’s little point in having all the correct fire fighting equipment installed if your staff are unsure of how to use it correctly in an emergency. Unlike many other courses we provide practical fire extinguisher training with live fire and real fire extinguishers.

  • Basic Fire Safety Awareness Course

This course provides a basic understanding of fire safety, Actions to be undertaken in the event of a fire and the use of fire extinguishers.

  • Fire Warden Training

It’s recommended that 30% of your staff should be trained as fire wardens. These people should take the lead during an emergency situation and be aware of fire risks and fire safety equipment at all times.

This Course will prove valuable for staff with specific fire warden responsibilities within your company.


4. Regular Fire Drills

Presenting your staff with reams and reams of information can be tiresome and may not always sink in. Sometimes the best way to train your staff is to show, not tell. Let people have a go and give them on the spot feedback and advice.

Having hands on meetings where staff can handle an extinguisher and set off a fire alarm by pressing the pressure pad may be more beneficial. Let them have a go at what to do in the event of a fire rather than expecting them to remember.

The regularity of fire drills depends on the businesses Fire Risk Assessment Report and the needs of your staff. For example, if you have a large number of new starters then drills may need to be carried out more regularly.


5. Book Refresher Training

We recommend that refresher fire training is completed every 2 years, this keeps  you up to date with any changes and your staff confident in fire safety.

Remember that the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that training is to be completed periodically and in working hours.

Need more information? Contact us on  0845 402 3045 or email

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