Fire incident can happen anywhere and anytime. Luckily though there are precautions and guidelines to prevent such incident. At workplaces Fire safety awareness is an absolute must, it is the employerâ€™s legal obligation to make sure that the necessary obliged precautions that are given by the government to be followed.
According to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or “the Fire Safety Order”Â states that all buildings, places and structures other than private ownership or a personal property not related to businesses or homes as we call it, and it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that the workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.
Standard fire safety training would contain the following:
- Induction training (general fire awareness)
- Periodic refresher training (or where the level of fire risk increases as a result of changes)
- Training to support people in fulfilling their fire safety duties (e.g. responsible person)
- Training towards competence (fire risk assessment, fire warden, fire extinguisher)
Conveniently the law states that all workplaces should have fire safety precaution and trained personnel(s) that would deal with this scenario but this is not just about it being a legal obligation. Without following the fire safety laws and regulations set for business you are risking yourself for such disaster. And these fire incidents can be very expensive and for some it would cost the business itself. Itâ€™s risking that the responsible government institution of these matters to give you penalties and worse close your business down and face lawsuits.
And your problem wonâ€™t only be the unavoidable cost that the disaster will bring with it. Fire incidents being incredibly dangerous and destructive in nature, it will also bring harm and possibly death to the people in your workplace as well as damages on the infrastructure, supplies and equipment or assets might be too much of a burden for you to come back.