Here at Unique Fire Protection, we are regularly providing important guidance to businesses on any topic relating to fire safety within a work environment, and one question that we are often asked is whether a business would need to have their staff trained to understand fire safety in the workplace. In this article, we will delve into this topic in greater detail.
What The Law Says
The first step is to see what government legislation suggests. However, this still remains somewhat open to personal interpretation, because their online fire safety equipment page recommends that employees undergo what they deem to be adequate training, with no clarity on what would constitute “adequate”. Indeed, they suggest that the training would vary depending on the environment, which means that there is no obvious step-by-step guide since each business location presents its own challenges when it comes to potential fire hazards.
Where Would You Start?
Therefore, you would need to shape any potential fire safety training for your workforce around the different possible challenges that your particular environment would present.
This would require a thorough examination of your location, thus carrying out a fire risk assessment to capture any hazards in the building. By noting every single area where there would be a minor or a major risk for new employees, you can identify what staff would need to be made aware of.
Do Your Staff Need Training?
With all this in mind, the simple answer is that, yes, your staff would require fire safety training, but it would be the choice of you and your appointed responsible health and safety officers as to how far this training would go. They would certainly require the most minimal health and safety training in line with the risks that your environment presents prior to them beginning their employment, and as they progress into key positions or as new potential hazards arise, further advanced training may be required. Either way, while the extent of training is down to personal opinion, it would be irresponsible to not provide fire safety training of any level for employees, especially in a location which brings a significantly high risk of hazards.
Unique Fire Protection can take the pain away from sorting your Fire Marshal training, we aim to keep you compliant which is why we offer monthly training events with our highly trained teachers so you can be assured that your employees will be getting the top industry advice, tips and teaching.
Our Fire Marshal courses can also be a great opportunity to network with other businesses if you have less than 8 employees that need training, we will carry on advertising the training date and fill it up with people from other businesses, which you can book onto by calling our office on 0333 358 3375. If you have just one employee to train or up to eight, we can cater at our training facilities.