Fire safety in the workplace must be taken very seriously. The responsibilities that follow workplace fire safety are straight forward but also tedious. Main responsibilities are:
- Put in place and maintain appropriate fire safety measures
- Carry out risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly.
- Communicate identified risks to staff.
- Provide staff details, fire safety instruction and training
- Plan for an emergency
Carrying out the assessment:
- Identify the fire hazards.
- Identify people at risk.
- Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
- Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
- Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
To carry out an effective assessment on fire safety, you don’t need any specialist training but you do need to be sure that you are capable for the job. You’ll need to consider:
- emergency routes and exits
- fire detection and warning systems
- firefighting equipment
- the removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
- an emergency fire evacuation plan
- the needs of vulnerable people, e.g. the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
- providing information to employees and other people on the premises
- staff fire safety training
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