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Fire Health and Safety - Early Detection

When it comes to the outbreak of fire in a place of work - just as it is in the home - early detection can often be the difference between death or escaping with no or very minor injuries. This is because detecting the fire early gives people more time to evacuate the building before the fire spreads and grows to such an extent that it traps people and prevents escape, or allows them to tackle the blaze with fire-fighting equipment such as fire extinguishers before it becomes so large that this is no longer appropriate and the emergency services need to be called to deal with it.

There are a number of possible reasons for failing to detect a fire that has started in a timely manner. These include the lack of a fire alarm system, the fire starting in an area of the building or grounds that are usually unoccupied, or the fire starting at a time outside of business hours when nobody is around to see it. Many businesses have incinerators or burn waste/materials and so the sight of smoke or the smell of burning may not immediately signal danger to a person as it would if nothing was ever burnt on-site.

Along with being provided with health and safety training which gives employees a greater understanding of the risks they face at work from fire and how their actions or inactions can contribute to a fire breaking out, they also need to receive training which makes them aware of the specific fire and emergency procedures that are in place at the company, including what the alarm sounds like and the location of emergency exits, equipment to tackle the fire and emergency assembly points. This should also extend to site visitors who will also need to know what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency requiring them to evacuate the premises.

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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