Journalist, Cherry Park

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Cherry Park is an experienced freelance journalist and reporter who specializes in features, news, and news analysis, in print and online. She has written extensively in the areas of health and safety, fire safety, employment, HR, recruitment, rewards, pay and benefits, market research, environment, and metallurgy, and she also conducts research.
April 18, 2016

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A Guide to Fire-Safety Training

Fire safety training for Responsible Persons

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), which came into force in October 2006, is the main piece of legislation affecting fire safety in England and Wales.

The legislation is based on a risk assessment, rather than a prescriptive approach, with the emphasis on fire prevention, risk identification and reduction. The employer or building owner or controller is the person responsible for the safety of their employees and anyone else who is on the (non-domestic) premises, such as members of the public or visitors.

The ‘Responsible Person’ (England and Wales), ‘Duty Holder’ (Scotland) or ‘Appropriate Person’ (Northern Ireland), must also ensure people can safely escape in the event of fire. For this they must, by law, be properly trained. Every company or organisation must decide who this person is and make them known to employees.

Responsible Persons must be given effective training to ensure they carry out their fire safety duties properly and safely. They need to be trained in:

  •      Legal requirements
  •      Fire risk assessment
  •      Fire precautions and fire safety policy
  •      Reducing the risk and spread of fire
  •      Managing the means of escape
  •      Safety signs and emergency lighting
  •      Fire fighting and detection equipment and maintenance
  •      Procedures in the event of fire
  •      Employee training
  •      Record keeping

Certificates are usually given at the end of a course, eg Level 2 Certificate, National Qualifications Framework, or CFPA Europe Certificate in Basic Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention.

Responsible Person Training providers

There are many Responsible Person training providers in the UK. These include:

Not all companies provide costs on their websites, so it’s always best to call them about prices and locations.

Fire safety training for your staff

Under the RRO 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 provided to all new staff, with refresher training given at least once a year. Training should be undertaken by a competent person, who can be from a recognised outside organisation, or fully-trained staff may train others in the organisation.

Appropriate records must be kept. The Responsible Person should tell all staff about any new fire risks that emerge and organise a fire drill at least once a year.

Staff should be trained in:

  • Fire legislation
  • The basic theory of different types of fire and combustion
  • Fire fighting procedures
  • Fire hazards, causes and prevention
  • Fixed fire fighting installations
  • Evacuation assembly points
  • Fire drills, fire alarms
  • The different types of extinguisher and their appropriate use

Courses are a usually combination of theory and practical experience and range from basic to advanced.

Staff fire-safety training providers

Again, there are many providers of staff training, but unlike Responsible Person training, most are site-specific and so provided on clients’ own premises in order to implement an emergency plan. Some of these include:

 

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