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How Often Should Fire Warden Training Be Refreshed?

How Often Should Fire Warden Training Be Refreshed?

Fire safety and compliance are something that should always be taken incredibly seriously. Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005, the responsible person in an organisation is required to appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking preventative and protective measures, to ensure that in the event of a fire, people are aware of how to minimise risks and maximise their safety.

When it comes to workplace safety, these competent persons (also known as Fire Wardens or Fire Marshals) are some of the most critical people in each business. They are the people who will ensure that fire protocols are followed whilst also ensuring that individuals are accounted for.

Fire Wardens have a number of key responsibilities including:

  • Ensuring regular fire drills are practised
  • Assisting in creating fire emergency & evacuation plans
  • Carrying out fire risk assessments
  • Ensuring that all employees have basic Fire Awareness Training

Why is fire safety training so important?

Firstly, it should be understood that every member of staff legally requires some kind of Fire Safety Training.

Secondly, Fire Safety Training is a legal requirement for a good reason - it can help keep your staff and your workplace safe. Having knowledge on the nature of fires, how they can start, and how they can travel is essential as it will make staff more aware of how to prevent fires.

Additionally, Fire Safety Training courses will tend to cover additional areas like how to understand fire signage and what type of fire extinguisher to use. This is invaluable information to know in the event of a fire.

Why is it important to refresh fire safety training?

It is essential that organisations provide their employees with regular refresher training to ensure that they remember everything they were taught during their initial training.

Additionally, in the time since the course was last taken, there could have been updates to legislation, changes to the premises, or a number of other factors that could change the way a person needs to behave in the event of a fire.

What is included in a fire warden refresher training course?

Whilst there is no formal requirement for a designated Fire Warden to possess qualification, it is very strongly recommended that an appointed person is given adequate training and refresher training annually.

A Fire Warden Training refresher course should cover:

  • Their duties under the latest fire legislation
  • Fire-prevention measures
  • The correct use of fire extinguishers
  • How to organise a safe evacuation

Here at iHASCO, we offer a number of Fire Safety Training courses including:

These online courses are used by thousands of UK organisations, helping them to train employees to minimise and control fire risks, and allowing the organisation to easily work towards compliance.

If you are interested in any of the above courses, you can claim a free, no-obligation trial today! Alternatively, you can request a bespoke quote for your organisation and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your training requirements.

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