The importance of Fire safety training

What Employers need to do

Employers are legally required by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, as well as part of their Health and Safety obligations, to provide information, instruction and training to employees about fire precautions in the workplace.

The basic fire safety training should include:

  • how a fire can start
  • what action to take in the event of a fire
  • how to prevent a fire occurring
  • What their responsibilities are

We offer FREE basic online fire safety training (with every fire risk assessment), which all of your employees can access and complete. This is available for up to 12 months from your fire risk assessment. The training covers details about How fires start, what to do in the event of a fire, equipment and it’s correct use and how to prevent fires. There is a short test and if they achieve 75% or more, they can also print out a certificate.

Fire Evacuation Drills and policies


In addition you also need to ensure you carry out Fire evacuation drills at least once a year. We would recommend Bi annually, to ensure no employees miss a drill through absence/shifts etc.

As an employer, you also need to ensure you have produced a Fire safety policy and Emergency plan for your employees. You may also need to consider producing a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). This is for any employees who may require additional help to escape in the event of a fire. If you’re the owner of a premises, which has members of the public visiting on a regular basis, you may also need a General Emergency Evacuation Plan (GEEP) in place. This is so employees are aware how to recognise and aid members of the public who may require assistance to evacuate.

This can seem a lot of work, therefore to help employers to comply with their obligations, we’ve produced a template Fire safety Policy and Emergency Plan. This is sent out with every Fire risk assessment, should you require one. We also send you a Logbook.

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