Fire and Safety

General Requirements

General Requirements

1. Fire fighting measures

  • Adequate means of detecting fire should be provided.
  • Adequate means to raise the alarm should be provided.
  • Adequate and suitable provision for first aid fire fighting equipment should be positioned in the relevant place.
  • First aid fire fighting equipment should be accessible and sited in relevant position.

2. Signing

Note on signs: Correct reference to appropriate signing should be taken from the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

This regulation states that:

  • Every employer shall ensure that comprehensible and relevant information on the measures to be taken in connection with safety signs is provided to their employees.
  • Every employer shall ensure that each of his employees receives suitable and sufficient instruction and training in the meaning of safety signs and the measures to be taken in connection with safety signs.

3. Adequate training of personnel

  • Where necessary certain employees should be nominated and trained to implement the above measures and any in-house emergency policies that you operate.
  • With adequate fire fighting equipment in place all employees should be trained to implement the safe use of the equipment without involving risk to them selves. Training should also involve procedures to enable safe evacuation.

4. Escape routes and exits

  • Adequate escape routes and exits should be provided and available where necessary according to the following principles:
  • Escape routes and exits should lead as directly as possible to a place of safety.
  • In the event of danger employees should be able to evacuate the workplace quickly and as safely as possible.
  • The amount, distribution and dimensions of escape routes and exits should be adequate in accordance to the size, type and maximum number of people who use the building.
  • Emergency doors should open in the direction of escape.
  • Sliding or revolving doors should not be used for emergency exits.
  • Escape and exit doors should be easily and immediately opened by any person requiring to do so and should not be locked or fastened.
  • Escape routes and exits should be indicated by appropriate signs.
  • Escape routes and exits should be adequately illuminated at all material times and adequate provision for escape route illumination should be made for the failure of their normal lighting.

5. Maintenance

  •  All fire fighting equipment, alarms and detecting systems should be adequately maintained.
  •  Periodic testing of any fire safety equipment should take place.

6. Records

  •  Records of risk assessments should be kept.
  •  All maintenance should be recorded and logged.
  •  Management of fire safety should be recorded and appropriate log books kept.
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