Fire Training and your Specific Needs
There are any number of training providers out there offering courses in Fire. The vast majority of these are generic courses – in the main they have to be due to how the provider is structured. Training in fire is explicitly required under Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005 – Article 21 ‘The responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training.’ The order then goes on to specify exactly how that training should be carried out. If you read article 21 carefully and follow it to the letter then it is arguable that many of the myriad generic training courses may not fully satisfy that article. This is because the article implies that the training must be specific to that premises – the full text of the article is provided below.
Whilst generic training has its place: at Surety we believe that training absolutely needs to be specific to the layouts, procedures and emergency arrangements of your premises. For example, if you have disabled persons present who my need assistance in an emergency it is paramount that the layout of your premises and the way your evacuation procedures work is understood in order to provide clear and effective input to key staff. Therefore we provide bespoke training to fit your environment rather than providing you with a tick in a box. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements and we will deliver training that works and complies with the law.
Full text of Article 21
- The responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training
(a) at the time when they are first employed; and
(b) on their being exposed to new or increased risks because of
(i) their being transferred or given a change of responsibilities within the responsible person’s undertaking;
(ii) the introduction of new work equipment into, or a change respecting work equipment already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking;
(iii) the introduction of new technology into the responsible person’s undertaking; or
(iv) the introduction of a new system of work into, or a change respecting a system of work already in use within, the responsible person’s undertaking.
- The training referred to in paragraph (1) must
(a) include suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the appropriate precautions and actions to be taken by the employee in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons on the premises;
(b) be repeated periodically where appropriate;
(c) be adapted to take account of any new or changed risks to the safety of the employees concerned;
(d) be provided in a manner appropriate to the risk identified by the risk assessment; and
(e) take place during working hours.