As a business/organisation manager what fire training do my staff need?
Training should be should be given upon induction and preferably a second time within the first month of employment. Refresher training should be given at least once a year. Training should be undertaken by a competent person and a record kept in a logbook. It can be carried out in house or by a reputable company. Fire instruction should be given to staff in respect of the following:
Discovering a Fire
Staff should be made aware of the method of raising the alarm in a premises, this should include the position of manual fire alarm call points and their method of operation.
Hearing the fire alarm
Staff should be trained in the evacuation procedures in their workplace. They should be shown escape routes and final exits and also be made aware of fire doors and their purpose in protecting escape routes.
Staff should be shown the designated Fire Assembly Point and made aware of the need to ensure they have been accounted for.
Calling the Fire and Rescue Service
Staff should be informed about the agreed method of contacting the Fire and Rescue Service and the location of telephones.
Use of fire extinguishers
Staff should be trained in the safe use of fire extinguishers. It is not acceptable to assume that employees are not expected to use an extinguisher and therefore they don't need to know how to use one.