Fire

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.

Legislation

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

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