Centurion Alba works with employers in all industries and sectors to implement fire safety protocols and minimise the risk of fires in the workplace. All workplace fires are preventable and our fire safety consultants help to maintain safe working environments and keep businesses operating to legal standards.
Fire safety in the workplace is an essential part of protecting your employees and business from harm. No two businesses are the same, so different fire safety practices are needed for each business. By following the legislation and standards in place you can ensure that your business is safe to operate.
What is fire safety in the workplace?
Workplace fire safety is everything that is involved in reducing potential fire hazards and harm in the case of a fire. Each place of work possesses different risks and therefore has specific fire safety requirements.
A fundamental responsibility of workplace fire safety is the creation of a risk assessment and protocol that should be followed to help prevent fire and reduce harm. The fire safety (Scotland) regulations 2006 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – England and Wales, are the key pieces of legislation that must be followed when creating a fire safety risk assessment and protocol.
Is fire safety training a legal requirement?
In short, yes.
All employees should undergo a basic fire safety training on their induction. This training should be refreshed periodically for all employees. This training must also be carried out by someone who has sufficient knowledge around fire safety.
At Centurion Alba one of the most important services we provide is fire safety training. Through this training, we equip your staff with the knowledge they need to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. We provide training on risk reduction, the correct use of equipment, and how to safely execute the evacuation process in the case of a fire. When everyone understands how to deal with a fire potential harm is reduced, creating a safer workplace for all.
Fire Safety Consultancy Services
Centurion Alba Consulting Ltd specialises in providing fire safety consultancy and support for small to medium businesses across the UK. Our expert practitioners will ensure that your fire risk assessment meets the criteria laid out in the PAS 79, covering the legal requirements for your business to operate. We offer a tailor-made approach that is designed around your needs, so you won’t have to adapt your business unless it’s necessary.
Our experienced consultants can help you with reviewing your current policy, advising on designing a protocol aligned with building regulations, and current guidelines creating a comprehensive fire safety document.
Get in touch with us today for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your business needs and how our professional advisers can support you in meeting your workplace fire safety goals.
Accredited fire safety training in the classroom
Centurion Alba classroom training offers an accredited fire safety training, designed around the requirements of your business. Through classroom training, you can educate your employees on fire hazard reduction and what to do in the event of a fire creating a safer workplace for everyone.
Online training courses from Centurion Alba
Our online training courses offer a flexible alternative to classroom-based training. They cover the same essential information needed to reduce fire hazards and protect employees in the case of a fire and can be accessed anywhere at any time. The online training course is ideal for refreshing employees fire safety training, fulfilling the necessary legal requirements.
Who is responsible for workplace health and safety?
Both The fire safety (Scotland) regulations 2006 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – England and Wales place legal responsibility of those that own or are in control of the workplace to protect them against fires. It should be noted that this isn’t always the owner of the premises, it can be anyone who is elected to be incharge of fire safety including:
- an employer
- the owner
- the landlord
- an occupier
- anyone else with control of the premises, for example, a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor
The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006
The introduction of this act places the responsibility on the person in charge of the premises also referred to as the duty holder. They need to carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises, which must assess the safety of all ‘relevant persons’ in case of fire and follow the principle duties outlined below. Non-compliance that results in the risk of death or serious injury may result in criminal penalties. Employees also have a duty to cooperate with employers to ensure the safety of others from fires.
The principle duties imposed by the new regulations include:
- To plan, organise, monitor, control, and review fire safety measures and to record the arrangements in writing if the employer has 5 or more employees.
- To provide appropriate means of fighting the fire.
- To provide adequate means of escape and to hold drills.
- To maintain facilities and equipment in good repair.
- To provide employees with relevant information and training.
The regulations specify further requirements for those employing anyone under 18 and impose duties on employees themselves.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – England & Wales
The order was created to simplify the legislation and provide a minimum fire safety standard, in all non-domestic premises. The order requires that’s the person or persons designated to be responsible for the building, are required to carry out certain fire safety duties. These include ensuring the general fire precautions are satisfactory and conducting a fire risk assessment. If more there are more than five employees at the premises there must be a written record of the risk assessment. The risk-assessment based regime requires employers to take action to prevent fires, protect against death, injury of employees and relevant persons, should a fire occur.