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Why is a Fire Risk Assessment Important?

A fire in the workplace can be one of the most serious and deadly of dangers, which can not only cause death or severe injuries, but can also have a serious financial impact upon a business and its trading operations. A large number of companies are so badly affected by a fire that they struggle to ever recover and sometimes have to close down.

Due to the serious consequences of a fire on people and property, it is a legal requirement in many countries for your employees to receive suitable fire safety training. This can include health and safety courses such as the NEBOSH Fire Certificate and training like the fire warden or fire marshall courses, as well as induction training for new starters and frequent refresher programmes.

Along with training, a key component of a company's fire safety and prevention responsibilities is the production of a fire risk assessment. This will identify issues such as where and how a fire could start on the premises including sources of ignition and fuel, who would be at risk and why (e.g. danger of being trapped, working in a particularly flammable environment etc.), and the steps required to remove or reduce the risk of fire. The risk assessment must also take into consideration the risks from the outbreak of fire on those people who are not employed by the company but may still be in danger such as nearby members of the public or visitors to the site. The fire risk assessment is therefore an extremely important document which needs to be performed by a competent person.

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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