Fire safety and emergency fire training
Fire Safety Training in the Workplace
There are different aspects to fire safety training. According to WH&S legislation mandates this fire safety training requirement to the person conducting business or undertaking a work place. Primarily safety starts from Duty of Care towards employees and the occupants of the building. It is further enforced by relevant laws, acts and regulations. In terms of Fire and Safety planning and training at Workplace, it is required by Work, Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 that necessary arrangement is to be established within the business for safety of employees and occupants.
Almost all buildings need to be installed with basic fire equipment like fire extinguishers and hose reels. These are considered to be front line of defence. These measures are designed and installed with an idea that the occupant within the building will be able to use it with some basic training.
Fire and Emergency training has two important facts:
– Fighting the fire
– Evacuating safely
Where fighting the fire is considered to be safe, the trained occupant can make use of hand-held portable fire extinguishers to extinguisher fire. Where fire looks out of control, a decision is to be made to quit the idea of trying to extinguish fire and safely evacuate the building.
Why is fire training so important?
– First of all, it is important to know whether the nature and size of fire is within one’s capacity to extinguish.
– Once it is decided that an attempt is to be made, knowledge is required to assess whether there is right type of fire extinguisher for the particular nature or class of fire. If not, there is no point in pursuing.
– Even if the right type of extinguisher is available, one should learn how to pull out the pin, discharge and spray at the fire to effectively extinguish the fire.
– There are other procedures, formalities and things to be cared about once the fire has been put out.
How to Evacuate Safely in case of emergency?
In an emergency, if the decision has been made that the fire is too big to be fought, then it will be decided that evacuating the building if the safest option. In that case, there will again be numerous things to be considered before, during and after evacuation:
– Procedure to alert others.
– Procedure to evacuate.
– Procedure to inform emergency services (like fire brigade, ambulance etc).
– Procedure to assemble at an assembly area etc.
Based on the above context, Work, Health and Safety has mandated Fire Safety Training. It can also be split into or called as:
– Fire Warden Training
– Fire Extinguisher Training
– General Awareness Training
– Evacuation Drill
RELEVANT AUSTRALIA STANDARD AS3745-2010
Australian Standard AS3745-2010 is the most commonly adopted Australian Standard that has the specifications of different facets of emergency planning at work place. It structure of this standard is as below.
- Scope in General (scope, application, normative references, definitions etc)
- EPC (Emergency Planning Committee: formation of committee, responsibilities, memberships, meeting, indemnity etc).
- Emergency Plan (structure of emergency plan, evacuation diagrams, distribution and implementation, emergency response procedures etc)
- Emergency Control Organization (ECO) (position of ECO, number of ECO members, authority, indemnity, roles and duties etc)
- Emergency Response exercise.
- Review and routine servicing. Etc.
What can we do for you ?
WH&S legislation mandates this fire safety training requirement to the person conducting business or undertaking a work place.
Fire training is mandatory by law to ensure the safety of every person in the building in case of emergency situation.
SPS Fire and Safety can provide to you the following:
– Fire extinguisher training
– Fire Warden Training.
– Fire Evacuation Drill.
– General Awareness training etc.
For many types of corporations and government agencies fire training is mandatory. Fire training systems of all types are advantageous when they are implemented correctly in the workplace or health care facilities.
It is important for employers to make sure that the their employees are trained well enough at least to the level required by the local legislation. It is important for you to know what types of fire extinguishers are to be used for what classes of fire.