Fire can pose a significant risk to both people and property where it can cause serious injury and/ or damage very quickly. As employers, you are required to protect your employees and other persons from the possibility of a fire occurring within your workplace.

The following sections will outline a number of subjects from fire fighting and legal requirements to the control of fire hazards.


There are a number of acts and regulations in relation to fire prevention, the most significant of those being:

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer, you are required to:

  • Assess all fire risks and put necessary health and safety procedures and precautions in place
  • Ensure workplaces are equipped with fire-detection and fire-fighting equipment
  • Ensure that this equipment is inspected and maintained
  • Manage fire safety to ensure that fire are unlikely to occur
  • Ensure where fires do happen that they can be controlled and contained quickly
  • Provide a safe escape route which is free from obstruction
  • Provide information and training to employees
  • Maintain inspection records for fire fighting and fire detection equipment
  • Practice fire drills and┬áprepare an emergency plan

Employee Responsibilities

Employees also have duties, you need to:

  • Co-operate with your employers health and safety rules and procedures
  • Ensure you are not under the influence of any intoxicant which may cause danger to yourself or other
  • Use the control measures your employer have provided to eliminate or reduce risk of fires
  • Report any defects in your workplace equipment or machinery

Do not engage in any unsafe behaviour that may put yourself or others at risk!

Page updated: 12/05/2015

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. By continuing to use this website without changing your cookie settings or if you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.