Why is fire safety training in the workplace important?
Fire awareness and understanding practical fire safety is a life skill. Being able to recognise fire hazards, deal with emergency scenarios and act in a way that reduces danger and risk can save lives.
Fire safety training is an important investment that will improve safety and preparedness in the workplace. As an employer, you may feel there are more pressing issues and worthwhile outlays than fire safety training courses but the value of ensuring your staff are confident and prepared to act in an emergency doesn’t have a monetary figure. Furthermore, employers have a legal duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Reform 2005 to provide staff with relevant fire safety training.
Fire safety training in the workplace is important for multiple reasons and by ensuring your employees receive in-depth and honest fire safety training you can improve multiple aspects of your business and employee welfare.
What are the benefits of fire safety training?
This is easily the most obvious reason to perform fire safety training in the workplace. Employees are the tireless motor that keeps your company driving forward and if you don’t look after them then you’re neglecting the core of your business.
Employees that don’t feel confident about fire safety plans are less productive because they’re distracted and unsettled. Employees should always feel safe in the workplace and these feelings of security extend to visitors and customers. Fire safety training influences peace of mind in a big way.
After all, fire safety isn’t just about firefighting and evacuation, it’s also about preventing fires and recognising potential hazards. Fire safety training reduces the likelihood of fires starting and gives employees the confidence to deal with emergencies. Employees that have fire safety training will be able to act accordingly to keep themselves and others safe.
Team building in the workplace supports the development of trust, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building will engage your employees and help develop a good company culture.
Fire safety training is a great way to get your team to work together and develop essential skills that could help prevent fires in the future. Collaborative working is great for generating ideas in the boardroom but collaborative firefighting helps employees to build trust in those around them.
Fire safety is a skill that’s going to benefit employees for the rest of their life. It’s a transferable skill that won’t just benefit your employees in the workplace but will make them more confident at home and day to day.
Although being able to use fire safety equipment is an important aspect of fire safety and a fantastic skill to have, it’s often the confidence and ability to remain calm during the pressure of an emergency that makes dealing with an emergency much safer.
Legal duties as an employer
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it the duty of the Responsible Person of any non-domestic premises to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and identify persons at risk.
As part of a fire risk assessment, fire safety training is often identified. By training employees and having documentation of the safety training process, you prove you are dedicated to protecting your team and minimising the risk of fire.
All fire safety training must occur during your employee’s normal working hours and be relevant to the fire precautions of their environment. Fire safety training and briefing should be provided to employees when they start working for you and from time to time throughout the period they are there. They must be refreshed if any significant changes occur to the workplace layout or set up.
What are the benefits of DFP fire safety training courses?
As mentioned above, fire safety training needs to cover a lot of bases. Staff should feel confident that they can utilise the training they receive in an emergency situation and have the skills to react with the environment around them to protect themselves and others. Only high-quality, engaging fire safety training is going to give your employees the skills and awareness they need and deserve.
Fire safety training courses from Dorset Fire Protection completely revitalise the bog-standard, checklist, ‘just get it done’ approach that many fire safety companies take.
A fire safety training course with Dorset Fire Protection is hands-on and active to make sure all your employees learn by doing and not just begrudgingly through boring spiels and worksheets. Online training might be convenient but we firmly believe that nothing beats the opportunity to grasp a fire extinguisher and deal with fire safety training head-on. Why? Because live firefighting engraves the training into the mind.
All of Dorset Fire Protection’s fire safety courses can be tailored to your business. We understand that specific buildings such as schools, hotels and care homes need specific approaches to fire safety training and we’re here to provide training suited to your workplace.
All of DFP’s fire safety courses are IFE approved so you can trust that your employees are receiving high-quality training.
Contact DFP about fire safety training
Fire is a significant risk to your employees and business. Don’t leave it to chance. Make sure your employees know how to conduct themselves to detect fire risks and deal with emergencies to help reduce risks to life and the workplace.