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A Fire Alarm for Staff Not Customers

In some buildings which contain a large number of members of the public it may be more preferable in the event of a fire that only workers are alerted so that they can perform an orderly evacuation of the premises. Otherwise, a general alarm sound which alerts everybody to the danger and presence of a fire may cause a mass panic amongst the people. If this happens not only could the evacuation process take longer, and so increasing the chances of burning or asphyxiation from smoke inhalation, but a resulting stampede and mad dash for the exits could lead to other injuries.

If this type of fire alarm system is intended to be used within a premises, it is vital that not only are there enough staff available to perform an emergency evacuation of people who may be confused and unaware of exactly what is going on, but that the employees have also received the necessary training to execute the plan, which also means that this plan needs to have been carefully developed by management in the first place and takes into account any fire risk assessments that highlight areas which may need extra attention, such as checking the changing rooms and toilets or assisting disabled customers. Whilst fire health and safety courses like the NEBOSH Fire Certificate will teach employees a large amount of fire safety information, they will need training in the organisation's specific fire evacuation plans to understand things such as their specific role, i.e. who is a fire marshal and who checks specific areas of the building?

If there is any doubt about the ability or capability of staff to evacuate customers in this way, then it may be better just to have a general alarm that can be heard by all as at least customers will know there is an emergency and to get out rather than remaining in the building because nobody has informed them that there is a 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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