Most workplaces are now subject to legislation as detailed in the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1999 (as amended).
To comply with Health and Safety and Fire regulations you will need to do the following:
If you have 5 or more employees the findings of this risk assessment will need to recorded and a written emergency plan produced. The risk assessment will help you to ascertain the chances of a fire occurring and the potential dangers involved. This risk assessment should be regularly monitored and reviewed. Ouch Training Team can offer training in Fire Risk Assessment to help you fully benefit from the process.
The minimum provision includes:
Certain people should carry out specific duties as detailed by the emergency plan e.g. Fire Warden.
Ouch Training Team can offer a range of fire training courses to help your organisation become a safer place and to comply with current legislation
As an employee you must comply with your employer to help make the workplace safe from fire and not behave in a way that would put you or others at risk.
Some organisations require a Fire Certificate, but this is not a substitute for a fire risk assessment, which still needs to be carried out.
You should have a fire certificate if your premises is or has within a:
If a building contains two or more of these types of premises (which can be whole or part of the building) you should include the total number of people at work. You will need to contact your local fire authority if you think you need a Fire Certificate.
The first fire brigade (of sorts) in the UK was in 43 AD; those pesky Romans used slaves as firefighters. They were called “Familia Publica”.