FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS regarding Fire Safety Assessment
1. What Will Happen to Fire Certificates?
The introduction of the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,
has seen the repeal of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and consequently
the requirement for certification.
The new Order came into force in October 2006 and as such, existing fire
certificates will cease to have effect from the effective date.
2. What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
The responsible person must carry out, or appoint a competent person
to carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment of the risks
of fire to their employees and others who may be affected by their work
or business. Those who employ five or more employees should keep a formal
record of any significant findings and remedial measures which have, or
may need to be, taken.
3. What Firefighting Equipment do I need?
To enable the responsible person to make decisions as to what firefighting
equipment is necessary access has been granted to the joint protocol between
the Fire Extinguishing Trades Association, the Chief Fire Officers Association
and the Local Government Association.
This protocol gives all the information necessary to make a reasonable
assessment of the type and quantity of firefighting equipment needed.
4. How Can I Manage Fire Safety Responsibilities?
The management of fire safety in a building is a prime function of any
manager. The terms manager or management should be taken to apply to the
person who has overall control of the premises at any particular time
whilst people are present.
A common cause of fatalities in fires is the failure of the occupants
of buildings, whether staff or members of the public, to take the appropriate
action when fire is discovered or the alarm is raised. Only effective
management combined with appropriate staff training can ensure that the
correct actions are likely to be taken and that occupants will be able
to escape safely.
needs to be aware of the statutory requirements regarding the maintenance
of means of escape, fire warning arrangements, portable firefighting equipment,
escape lighting, fire safety instructions to staff, etc.
Whatever the size of building there should be no doubt as to the person
or persons with whom the responsibility lies. He or she needs to be fully
aware of all the fire safety features provided in the premises and the
reasons for their provision.
An essential part of the management's duties in respect of fire safety
is the training of staff. All staff, including part time members, cleaning
staff and contractors need to be familiar with the actions to be taken
in the event of fire, with how to call the fire and rescue service, basic
fire prevention and with the exits and exit routes provided.
Fire safety training needs to be a continuous feature commencing on the
first day of appointment of new staff and continuing in the form of regular
refresher training. The training should based on written instructions
appropriate to their specific responsibilities in the event of emergency
and should be delivered by a competent person.
Staff with specific duties in the event of fire and staff having a supervisory
role should receive additional training and detailed instruction in their
own Fire Safety Training
5. What Fire Safety Training Should I Provide To My Staff?
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their staff are
adequately trained on what to do in the event of fire.
Training should be should be given upon induction and preferably a second
time within the first month of employment. Refresher training should be
given at least once a year.
Training should be undertaken by a competent person and a record kept
in some form of logbook. It can be carried out in house, or by a reputable
Fire instruction should be given to staff in respect of the following:-
Hearing the fire alarm
Calling the Fire and Rescue Service
Use of fire extinguishers
Discovering a Fire
Personnel should be made aware of the method of raising the alarm in
a premises, this should include the position of manual fire alarm call
points and their method of operation.
Hearing the Fire Alarm
Personnel should be made aware of the evacuation procedures in their
workplace. They should be shown escape routes and final exits, they should
also be made aware of fire doors and their purpose in protecting escape
Personnel should be shown their 'Fire Assembly Point' and made aware
of the need to ensure they have been accounted for.
Calling the Fire and Rescue Service
Personnel should be made aware of the method of calling the fire and
rescue service and the location of telephones.
Use of Fire Extinguishers
Personnel should be trained in the safe use of fire extinguishers. It
is not acceptable to say 'employees are not expected to use an extinguisher
and therefore they don't need to know'.
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