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The Continual Need for Fire Risk Assessments

Many businesses may feel like they can get away with performing a fire risk assessment routinely once a year or maybe even less frequently. The reality is that workplaces are usually continually changing, whether it be the type of activities performed, the introduction of new materials or harmful substances into the premises, or even just the build up of items in storage which start to obstruct escape routes can all lead to the need for a fire risk assessment to be performed now rather than waiting for a whole year or however long to elapse.

This point is often highlighted in health and safety courses, particularly for those where the place of work is constantly changing such as a construction site. In this example, many aspects can change from one day/week to the next as earth gets moved around, access roads and emergency assembly points altered, and structures are erected or demolished. As a result, construction safety courses like the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and the Site Manager's SMSTS course give a lot of importance to the topic of fire safety.

However it is not just construction sites which change and prompt the need for a new fire risk assessment. Some ways which affect all businesses were already mentioned in the opening paragraph, but also needing to be considered are people themselves. Not only will new starters need health and safety induction training which includes fire safety measures, they may need special attention in the event of a fire. For example, they may be disabled, elderly, pregnant etc and so possibly require assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation of the premises. Waiting months until the next risk assessment will put them in danger, as a fire could break out tomorrow or any time before that new risk assessment is performed.

Fires are one of the most common hazards to health as they can occur in any place of work regardless of what industry they are in, the products they manufacture or the services they provide. Therefore, fire safety training is a major component of any health and safety training programme for employees. An accredited fire course like the NEBOSH Fire Certificate is perfect for those who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation, covering many topics including fire risk assessments, control measures, the main causes of fires and explosions, evacuation, prevention, and investigating a fire should one occur in the workplace (no amount of precaution or health and safety training can completely eliminate the risk of fire!)

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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