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The Importance of Fire Drills

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As the well known sayings go, "there is no substitute for practice" and "practice makes perfect". This applies to many things, and fire drills are no exception. By performing a fire drill, it will give your employees the chance to practice the instructions that have been imparted to them in the fire safety and other health and safety training they should have been given.

Whilst it would be good if the fire drill went perfectly, it does give you the opportunity to see if the organisation's emergency procedures are fit for purpose and that the required volume of people can be quickly and safely evacuated from the premises and assembled in the designated area(s) away from the building. Errors and mistakes that are made in the drill are highly unlikely to result in a death or injury (although it could still theoretically happen such as crushing or falling down an emergency exit staircase), whereas if a fire is burning and mistakes are made there is a much higher chance of this negative outcome.

Along with people familiarising themselves with where to go in the event of a fire and how to get there (i.e. the emergency escape route(s)), a fire drill will give those who have been tasked with the responsibility of being a fire marshal the chance to practice what is required of them. They themselves along with management can then sit down and determine what worked well and what could be improved should a fire evacuation be required in the future but for real this time.

For information on fire safety training or fire qualifications such as the NEBOSH Fire Certificate courses please browse our website or contact us with your requirements.

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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