Training and Fire Drills

It is important that everyone within your organisation, including any visitors, understand their responsibilities. You must provide clear instructions to all members of staff and visitors (including contractors working on site) about the emergency plan and any controls required such as permits for hot work. This should be relevant and easily understood and should consider any shift patterns, language, and learning difficulties. Regular fire safety training should be provided to all members of staff.

You should make sure that anyone with a defined role such as ‘Fire Warden’ or ‘Fire Marshal’ has training so that they clearly understand what their responsibilities are. You may also want to consider training for the use of portable extinguishers and other equipment.

You should ensure that your emergency plan is tested with a fire drill on a regular basis. Fire safety will require regular on-going management, such as ensuring fire exits remain clear and that combustible materials are safely stored.