Ignoring fire safety may lead to prison

As we’ve been highlighting lately, fire risk assessments are a must now for the workplace.  In the most serious cases ignorance can lead to injury or death but failure to comply to the 2005 Regulatory Reform of the Fire Safety act can mean a possible prison sentence.  A recent case saw a Preston landlord end up before a judge for putting lives at risk for failure to abide by fire safety rules and told he could end up in jail.

A fire emergency evacuation plan also known as FEEP is a document that businesses should prepare that covers all action to be taken by staff in the event of a fire.  It also should include additional steps such as arrangements for calling the fire brigade and training required.

It is highly advisable for any company to nominate members of staff to implement the fire action plan (at least one person is required by law to be a “Responsible Person” within the company assigned to oversee risk assessment and internal policies relating to fire safety) and give them adequate training in fire fighting / evacuation procedures.

As a guide the following items should be considered within the workplace:

  •  Fire wardens/marshals (responsible person)
  • Fire fighting equipment provided (extinquishers, blankets)
  • Fire prevention equipment (smoke detectors)
  • Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Calling the fire brigade
  • Places of assembly and how to monitor visitors (roll call, sign in book)
  • Action on discovering a fire
  • Power isolation (if safe)
  • Protocols for ensuring clutter free environment

Although we have covered most of this in our three part “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace” guide we’d like to highlight that you can never be too prepared for a fire in the workplace.  At TutorCare we offer a wide range of Fire Safety Training courses that are available either in-house, online or at our dedicated regional centres across the country.  From practical advice on the use of fire extinguishers to training for fire marshals we are here to help and will continue to help highlight risks that not only cost companies thousands each year but also threaten the safety of your staff and the longevity of your business.Stay safe and call us today on 0333 331 7052

Fire Safety risk assessments

The Fire Safety regulatory reform order 2005, requires all premises used for non-domestic purposes (with a few small exceptions) to undertake regular fire risk assessments. Companies must have a designated “Responsible Person” whose job is to make certain specific actions are carried out to prevent fires and injury / death if a fire actually occurs.  It is estimated that there are nearly 20,000 commercial fires in the UK each year and the act was passed to ensure companies take fire safety seriously.

TutorCare offer a BSC (British Safety Council) accredited online course for staff in any sector covering fire risk assessment and associated laws.  The course that comes with a digital certificate upon completion is designed for management and employees who need to identify risks in their workplace but don’t necessarily have the time to attend training courses elsewhere.

For more details please see our BSC Fire Risk Assessment Course here.

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 3)

The final part in our Fire Safety Tips for the workplace covers fire detection, prevention (such as fire doors) and warning systems. We also include a list of useful links regarding fire safety law and legislation at the foot of the post. Continue reading “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace (part 3)”

Fire Safety Tips for the workplace

Today sees the first of a three part series of posts on Fire Safety tips in the Workplace.  We hope you find them useful for your business.

As a business owner and more importantly as an employer you are required by law to ensure that your property has been assessed for the risk of fire and that related policies / procedures are in place mitigating such risks. The responsibility not only extends beyond your employees but also to anyone visiting the workplace.The following article contains some simple steps you can take to help nullify any potential risks associated with fire and the devastating effect it can have on a modern day business. Continue reading “Fire Safety Tips for the workplace”

The importance of fire safety in a care environment

Fire safety rules and regulations are designed to save lives and protect both people and property. As the owner of a business, organisation or facility, you are responsible for fire safety and the health and safety of all people on the premises.

A crucial part of fire safety is the fire risk assessment, which is designed to flag up potential hazards and help you to eliminate them through implementing fire safety measures.  TutorCare offer a BSC award in Fire Risk Assessment training course online.

One of the first things you are required to do when you (or an appointed consultant) conduct a fire risk assessment is to assess who is most at risk from fire. In a normal business, i.e. an office, the people most at risk would be children, elderly or disabled people, those who work in isolated areas or close to fire hazards.

In a care environment, however, the number of people most at risk drastically increases. This is because most of the residents in care homes are likely to be disabled, elderly, in poor health or vulnerable in some other way. In case of a fire, these people may find it harder to escape the danger, and they may also be more at risk from the effects of fire (i.e. smoke inhalation).

This makes fire safety in care homes doubly important, meaning that all rules and regulations must be met, fire awareness training must be carried out and overall, standards must be kept exceptionally high.

To read more on recent development in Fire Safety (2016/2017) please take a look at the links below;

Fire Safety Law – what to expect from a fire safety inspection

Fire Safety Risk Assessments

Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace

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What do you need to know to conduct a fire risk assessment?

In any workplace or business premises, a fire risk assessment must be carried out in order to remove or reduce risks, protect employees and visitors and safeguard against emergency situations. It is a very important procedure, one that you are required by law to carry out.

There are two options for conducting a fire risk assessment, you can hire a trained and experienced consultant to do it for you, or you can undertake some fire safety training and learn how to do it yourself. This last option may turn out to be the most cost-effective in the long-term, as you and your colleagues will learn vital skills to benefit you in the future.

To conduct a fire risk assessment, you need to know how to:

– Identify fire hazards and people who are most likely to be at risk (i.e. disabled or elderly people, or visitors on the premises who have children with them)
– Evaluate risks and find ways to reduce or remove hazards
– Implement fire safety measures
– Monitor the maintenance of early warning systems (i.e. fire alarms)
– Accurately record the findings of your fire risk assessment
– Review the risk assessment on a regular basis, updating it if required

For more information on Tutorcares fire risk assessment courses follow these links;

in-house fire risk assessment training course

BSC award fire risk assessment training course