|In April 2006 all existing legislation relating to
fire safety will (including the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations
1997) will be repealed and superseded by the new ‘Regulatory
Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Some Key features of this new legislation are:
- Fire certificates will be abolished and no longer issued.
- Responsible person(s) will be responsible for fire safety.
They must conduct a fire risk assessment regardless of the size
of the risk.
- The identified responsible person(s) would take full corporate
- Extended scope of consideration now to include property safety,
fire fighter safety and the environment around the site. The responsible
person would have a duty to protect all risks.
- Increased emphasis on containing and preventing the spread
of small fires.
- Duty Of Care extended to all occupants, which would include
employees, visitors, contractors and passers-by who would all
have to be considered in the fire risk assessment.
The shift of responsibility onto the employer (or ‘Responsible
Person’ – being the employer or person responsible for
any given site) for fire risk assessment and the implementation
of appropriate precautions includes the requirement to ensure appropriate
numbers of staff are designated and trained to undertake specific
roles in the event of a fire.
From the Order: Fire-fighting and
fire detection Paragraph 13.
(3) The responsible person must, where necessary—
(a) take measures for fire-fighting in the premises, adapted
to the nature of the activities carried on there and the size
of the undertaking and of the premises concerned;
(b) nominate competent persons to implement those measures
and ensure that the number of such persons, their training
and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into
account the size of, and the specific hazards involved in,
the premises concerned; and
(4) A person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes
of paragraph (3)(b) where he has sufficient training and experience
or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to
implement the measures referred to in that paragraph.
Fire Marshall Training Provided By LMS Commercial Training is a
4 hour course allowing appropriate delegates to be nominated to
take specific action in the event of a fire. Content Includes:
Candidates will learn:
- The Role of a Fire Marshal
- Apropriate Action On Discovering A Fire
- Evacuation Procedures and Routes
- Causes and Chemistry of Fire
- ProperUse of Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Safety Legislation
Fire Risk Assessment and Planning