The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), came into force in October 2006. It is the main piece of legislation to do with fire safety in England and Wales. The legislation is based on risk assessments, with the emphasis being on fire prevention and risk reduction. The employer or building owner is responsible for the safety of anyone who is on the premises. The ‘Responsible Person’ must also ensure people can safely escape the building in the event of a fire. For this, they must be properly trained. Read our guide to fire safety training for more information…
Our guide to fire safety training
Responsible Persons must be given training to ensure they can carry out their fire safety duties properly. They need to be trained in:
- Record keeping
- Legal requirements
- Fire precautions and fire safety policy
- Fire risk assessment
- Reducing the risk and spread of fire
- Safety signs and emergency lighting
- Managing the means of escape
- Procedures in the event of fire
- Firefighting and detection equipment and maintenance
- Employee training
Fire safety training for your staff
Under the RRO it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure staff are adequately trained on what to do if there is a fire.
Training should be given to all new staff, and refresher training completed at least annually. Training must be undertaken by a “competent person”. This could be someone from a recognised outside organisation or a fully-trained staff member.
Records must be kept. The Responsible Person must also tell staff about any new fire risks and organise a full fire drill every year at least.
Staff should be trained in:
- The basic theory of different types of fire and combustion
- The different types of extinguisher and their appropriate use
- Fire drills, fire alarms
- Fire hazards, causes and prevention
- Fire legislation
- Evacuation assembly points
- Firefighting procedures
- Fixed firefighting installations
Courses will usually combine both theory and practical experience. They can range from basic to advanced, with all staff getting a basic level but more responsible staff, such as fire wardens, getting additional training.
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