Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Every year fire claims many lives and costs millions of pounds. In fact, it puts most organisations out of business. Without proper prevention your business could be in grave danger. All workplaces are required to follow the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which came into force on 1st October 2006.

Under the law you (as an employer or person responsible) have to perform a range of fire prevention and risk reduction duties such as:

1) Fire Risk Assessments

This should be performed by a competant person and if you have five or more employees then the risk assessment must be recorded.

2) Fire safety training for staff

All employees should undertake fire safety training which includes discovering a fire, raising the alarm, using fire extinguishers, and evacution.

3) Means of escape

Safe and protected exit routes should be provided. They should be easily accessible, kept clear of obstructions and adequately sign posted or lit.

4) Fire safety equipment

There should be sufficient fire safety equipment such as fire dection, fire alarms, fire fighting equipment, signage and emergency lighting.

5) Fire Drills

In the event of a fire all employees should be trained on the fire emergency procedure such as fire assembly points.