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The Need For Fire Safety Training In Businesses

Aug 8, 2008
Fire safety training is needed for all businesses and fire staff around the world because in a result of a fire whether it is employees at a business or firefighters they all need to know the correct procedures and actions that need to be taken. Every business organisation needs what is called a fire safety law and guidance document as a result of legislation that is related to the people responsible for a business premises. The building must be safe to work in and in case of a fire there must be sufficient fire exits and escape routes as well as fire alarms and good fire safety equipment; and of course, a first aid box. Regular check ups of the business by standards officers ensure that the fire legislation certificate is deserved otherwise the premises and the business more generally can be deemed as illegal.

To undergo fire safety training most employers and employees will go on a course where they receive the skills and knowledge that they need in case of a fire breaking out. Also they will learn the procedures that need to be taken and the risks that are apparent when a fire breaks out. If the employer does not comply with the fire safety law and guidance legislation and continues to trade in the market then that business is considered illegal and should stopped immediately. If the employer of the business is caught without the legislation and is still trading then standards officers can shutdown the business at any time.

Also there are many different fire safety training brochures that are available to employers who want to update their knowledge of safety in the workplace and remind themselves of the procedures in case of a fire. Also if necessary they can apply to do another course if they do not feel confident at the time. It's not all about knowledge for fire safety in the workplace however, emergency and contingency plans need to be in place if the procedures during a fire become complicated or are disrupted, this ensures maximum safety for the staff and customers at the work place at all times.

The main element of the training includes the ability to safely evacuate the building without causing harm to any of the employees in the process. Also an important part is being able to tackle the fire to the best of their ability until professional help from the fire crews arrive. This can be fire blankets to fire extinguishers in the buildings which are necessary and are a necessity in any business environment to ensure safety of all people in the building.

A very important part of the fire safety law and guidance legislation is the regular fire and risk assessment check. This can happen at any time to make sure that the business has got specific fire safety standards and the building is safe enough to work in and has got all the necessary safety precautions in place that pertain to fire exits around the building. The fire officer may also check the procedure the business takes when a fire occurs by making a mock situation of a fire. He can evaluate the performance and ability of the staff when evacuating the building and asses whether they have enough knowledge of what to do in case of a fire. From these results he can judge whether the business needs to make improvements to their procedures in case of a fire.

Today fire safety training is a fundamental part of any businesses wider plans. Without relevant training the safety of staff members is put at risk and understandably the government legislation pertaining to fire safety attempts to ensure that all businesses are suitably safe. The hope is that eventually all businesses will have a safe working environment for their staff members.
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Regulatory compliance expert Thomas Pretty looks into the importance of fire safety training in the world of business.
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