Fire Safety Training: The Legal Requirements

Fire safety legislation is often quite complicated, and there’s so much of it that finding the information you need can be a challenge. So, if you’ve found yourself asking the question, ‘is fire safety training a legal requirement?’ you’re not alone. In this post, we’re going to cover everything you need to know to answer that question.

Is fire safety training obligatory?

According to the 2005 Fire Safety Order, if you run a business that employs at least one other person, you are legally required to provide fire safety training.

If you’re self-employed and work alone, but conduct your work on other people’s premises – you may be a contract worker, or someone who visits public spaces, such as schools, in your line of work – you will need to undergo fire safety training.

If you’re self-employed and work only from home, you are not legally obliged to receive fire safety training. However, for your own wellbeing, it can be a good idea.

Who needs to receive fire safety training

What fire safety training do I need to provide for my team?

As a guide, your fire safety training should furnish your team with general fire safety awareness. You can break this down into four key areas:

  • Fire prevention, and company regulations – General fire safety compliance points. Business-specific issues, such as the safe storage and disposal of chemicals. Company smoking policy.
  • What to do in the event of a fire – What will happen should a fire break out. Where the fire exits and assembly point(s) are. Who the appointed fire marshal is, and their role in the event of a fire (roll call).
  • Equipment use and care – What fire safety equipment you have on premises. How it should be used and by whom. Who is responsible for its upkeep. And what to do if potential faults are spotted.
  • Fire alarms – Where your alarms are. How they operate. Fire alarm testing information – and who is responsible for conducting testing.

Who needs to receive fire safety training?

The short answer here, is everyone who works on your premises. This includes:

  • All employees, full-time, part-time, zero-hours, and contractors
  • Volunteers
  • Cleaners
  • Security staff

When should fire safety training be delivered?

All employees should receive fire safety training in their induction. This ensures that they are as safe and prepared for a potential fire as they can be right from the start.

But employers should also ensure that all employees receive an annual fire safety refresh. And if any infrastructure changes occur – business lay out, a new fire alarm system, or fire extinguisher location change – all employees should be immediately informed.

How can I organise fire safety training?

If you’re based in Norfolk or the surrounding areas, 1st Class Fire Protection can provide you with a fully tailored fire safety training package. Conducted either onsite at your premises, or within our specialist facility, we can make sure that your team has all the training that they need to stay safe and protect your business.

So, is fire safety training a legal requirement? For 99% of UK businesses, the answer is ‘yes’.

Need help ensuring you or your staff are fire safety trained? Then get in touch with 1st Class Fire Protection today to find out more about our courses or to discuss your fire safety training individual needs either on 01603 742741 or request a call back with our expert team.