Fire Marshal Training
Fire Marshal Training is an important part of your business’s health and safety programme. It makes sure that someone in the office or on the worksite has the training to respond to fire emergencies properly, and prevent most fires before they even happen. It is also required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
What does the law say about Fire Marshal Training?
By today’s fire safety laws, if you are an employer, a landlord or otherwise ‘in control’ of a building or worksite, you are responsible for ensuring fire safety on the site. You have a duty to:
- Assess your premises for fire safety on a regular basis
- Point out any fire risks you do find to your workers or employees
- Develop a plan to respond to fires and similar emergencies
- Put proper fire safety measures and procedures in place
- See to it that your staff or workers have adequate fire safety training.
What can happen if I fail to live up to these responsibilities?
|Minor||Fire Safety Notice issued|
|Major||Staff forbidden to enter premises until risk is removed.|
|Severe||Heavy fines or even prison time|
There is no upper limit on the amount you could be fined for a severe violation, and in addition you could be jailed for as much as 2 years.
Why else is it important that my employees receive fire marshal training?
It’s easily preventable
Simply put, fire marshal training, is vitally important because most fires can be prevented by following basic fire safety procedures.
Damage is expensive
A fire on a worksite or in a store or office can easily do millions of pounds worth of damage.
Avoids casualties and fatalities
It can also result in the deaths of many people. Perhaps worse are the life-changing injuries that the survivors of a major fire often face.
It’s your responsibility
If you bear the responsibility for fire safety at your place of work, the burden of all these preventable deaths and injuries would be firmly on your shoulders. No one wants to live with that. The best way to make sure that you never have to is to do everything you reasonably can to prevent fires, and to make sure your staff have the proper safety training to evacuate quickly and safely if one does break out.
It really is quite simple – the law demands that you and your staff or workers have proper fire safety training, and you have a moral duty to provide it as well. Fire marshal training is a vital part of any fire safety programme, and makes everyone on site safer, and better able to do their jobs.