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Training Guidelines

You must provide adequate fire safety training for your staff. The type of training should be based on the particular features of your premises and should:

  • Take account of the findings of the fire risk assessment
  • Explain your emergency procedures
  • Take account of the work activity and explain the duties and responsibilities of staff
  • Take place during normal working hours and be repeated periodically where appropriate
  • Be easily understandable by your staff and other people who may be present and
  • Be tested by fire drills

In simple premises this may be no more than showing new staff the fire exits and giving basic training on what to do if there is a fire. In complex premises with a high staff turnover and many shift patterns, the organisation of fire safety training will need to be planned.

Your training should include the following:

  • What to do on discovering a fire
  • How to raise the alarm and what happens then
  • What to do upon hearing the fire alarm
  • The procedures for alerting contractors and visitors including, where appropriate, directing them to exits
  • The arrangements for calling the fire and rescue service
  • The evacuation procedures for everyone to reach an assembly point of total safety
  • The location and, when appropriate, the use of fire fighting equipment
  • The location of escape routes especially those not in regular use
  • How to open all emergency exit doors
  • The importance of keeping fire doors closed to prevent the spread of fire, heat and smoke
  • Where appropriate, how to stop machines and processes and isolate power supplies in the event of fire
  • The reason for not using lifts (except for those specifically installed or nominated, following a suitable fire risk assessment
  • The safe use of and risks from storing or working with highly flammable and explosive substances; and
  • The importance of general fire safety, which includes good housekeeping.

All the staff identified in your emergency plan that have a supervisory role if there is a fire (e.g. heads of department, fire marshals or wardens and, in complex premises, fire parties or teams), should be given details of your fire risk assessment and receive additional training.


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