The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety ) Order 2005 made it a legal requirement. All staff members in a business environment had to receive at least some form of basic fire warden training.
All employers have a responsibility to ensure that their organisation appoints a sufficient number of responsible persons. Therefore you need to have enough employees trained as fire wardens to help assist in an emergency. The number of designated fire wardens you will need to train depends on the amount of staff within your organisation.
A Fire Warden is a trained member of staff who has a responsibility within the workplace. They help to prevent the likelihood of a fire. So they will conduct checks and observations and to ensure the safety of others should the worst happen.
In the event of a fire, your role is to establish a safe and organised evacuation of the building. Your job is to help anyone in need of additional support.
During the evacuation procedures, you would also be responsible for taking a register of all staff members. You will also have to share all information about the incident with the fire services on arrival.
The fire warden training half-day session involves two hours of classroom-based learning. You will also attend a two-hour practise session.
An ex-fire service officer or other suitably qualified people deliver the course. The course allows delegates to try out different types of fire extinguishers in a simulated live fire.
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Workplaces benefit from fire safety training as it helps them follow legal requirements. Workplaces will also be equipped in the case of an emergency.
Supplying your workforce with the know-how on how to spot potential risks can provide peace of mind for you as an employer. If workers feel that their occupational environment is unsafe it can lead them to be less productive. They may become less productive due to them being unsettled. The unsafe environment could be causing obstacles that hinder their work.
In the event of a fire/fire drill, you need someone to be calm and in control. Fire safety training will help employees to behave rationally in an emergency. In the event of a fire, other incidents will occur so you need that confident and calm individual. They will need to look out for others as well as themselves. With the correct knowledge, these can be lowered and prevented.
You should assign at least one or two people as an appointed Fire Marshall in a company, more if your company is larger. But it is also important that other employees are conscious of the safety of their workspace. Even if you do not need an officially appointed person it is important to raise the awareness of all staff. Giving someone the duty of looking after their workspace gives them a sense of responsibility. They feel like they are helping out with keeping the workplace safe.
If a whole workforce is competent in preventing fire risks, the financial effects on the business can be huge. There will be less need for office equipment and machinery repair costs. This is due to people using them correctly and safely. The cost of absences of employees will also lower due to less workplace-related injuries.
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