UK government guidance on fire safety
The UK government website providing guidance on fire safety in the workplace has understandably been a first port of call for many businesses.
It summarises the UK’s approach to regulation in five key areas:
- Who’s responsible
- Fire risk assessments
- Fire safety and evacuation plans
- Fire safety equipment, drills and training
- Enforcement, appeals and penalties
With regard to fire fighting equipment, it states that it must be properly installed, tested and maintained, and that staff must be trained to use it if necessary.
New staff should be trained in fire safety awareness when they start work (as part of an onboarding process) and all workers should be updated on any new fire risks that have arisen since they started. At least one fire drill should be carried out each year, and the results should be record. The results must be kept as part of the fire safety and evacuation plan.