12 Aug 2020

Whose responsible for fire safety procedures in your workplace?

No matter the industry or sector you work in, there are always fire hazards and and potential risks that must be managed in a safe way. Having the correct fire safety procedures and training is imperative to ensure everyone in your workplace is protected and the business remains compliant with health and safety laws.


Let's take a look at what fire safety involves, who in your workplace is responsible for putting procedures in place, and what essential training is required to ensure your workplace is abiding by health and safety laws.


Whose responsible for your safety at work?

If abiding by British law, your employers are the people responsible for health and safety issues in their workplace. In the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the important role employers should undertake to protect their workers, and provides the key safety information they need to provide employees with. 


A few important measures the Health and Safety at Work Act outlines are:


  • Engaging in regular risk assessments
  • Reviewing the competence of your health and safety officers
  • Regularly reviewing your emergency fire procedures
  • Provide training to all employees who hold an import health and safety role


You and your colleagues also have an important role to play. This includes abiding by your employers health and safety policies and reporting any concerns they you may have to one of your appointment health and safety officers.


Who is responsible for fire strategy?

As laid out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, employers, owners or landlords are responsible for the fire safety of anyone working or living on their premises. Their duties to those under their provision include:


  • carrying out fire risk assessments of the premises with regular reviews
  • telling staff about the risks they’ve identified
  • putting in place appropriate fire safety measures
  • planning for emergencies
  • providing staff with fire safety information, instruction, and training


Depending on the size and nature of the business in question, employers will often assign a member of staff in the role of fire marshal/ warden to oversee all fire strategies. This would include conducting fire risk assessments and establishing evacuation procedure. These wardens usually report directly to the employer to ensure company-wide fire safety practise is being implemented.


What should fire safety training at work cover?

The Fire Safety Act 2005 states that all workers should have ‘training on the appropriate precautions and actions… to safeguard themselves and other relevant persons on the premises.’ Put simply, it’s your employer’s legal obligation to ensure that you and your colleagues receive adequate fire safety training pertinent to their working environment within a reasonable amount of time of your employment start date.


Workers will need further training if they are transferred to a new place of work, if they have a change of responsibilities, or if they are introduced to new equipment that may pose a fire risk.  This training should inform learners as to potential fire risks, steps they can take to reduce the chances of fire, and how they should act in the event of fire.


What training do you require to become a fire marshal?

Anybody who is fulfilling the role of overseeing fire safety at an organisation needs to have suitable training. At Learn Construction we provide expert fire safety training via our Fire Marshal course.


This half-day course provides all the essential information needed to perform this role in accordance to the latest laws and legislation. 


Throughout the course, learners will develop their knowledge on the following areas:


  • Causes of fire in the workplace
  • Fire hazards
  • Characteristics of fire and smoke spread
  • Fire control methods
  • Means of escape
  • Fire detection and raising the alarm
  • Extinguishing fires
  • Fixed fire-fighting systems
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fire safety inspections
  • Role of the fire warden
  • Induction briefings
  • Multiple-choice examination


At the end of the course, learners will be asked to sit a short multiple-choice paper. If successful, they will be awarded with an LC certificate to prove they have the knowledge required to fulfil the role of a fire warden.


Fire Safety Awareness 

For a more generalised introduction to workplace fire safety, our Fire Safety Awareness course is a great entry point. 

Throughout the course, learners will develop their knowledge on the following areas:


  • Legislation, regulations and guidance
  • Statistics - fire related incidents
  • Fire & effects
  • Fire classification
  • Fire extinguishers - type and use
  • Control Measures
  • Fire Safety Principles
  • Fire Safety at Home