Health and Safety
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by what they do, or not do. It applies to all work activities and premises and everyone at work has responsibilities under it, including the self-employed.
Employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work. They must also co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.
The management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 also apply to every work activity and workplace, and require all risks to be assessed and, where necessary, controlled.
In the UK, duties are imposed on responsible people in businesses by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England and Wales, the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland). All employers, owners, landlords, or occupiers of business or non-domestic premises are known as the ‘responsible person’.
Regulation 21 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the responsible person in a workplace ‘must ensure that [their] employees are provided with adequate safety training (a) at the time when they are first employed; and (b) on their being exposed to new or increased risks.’
Our Fire Safety training courses will help your organisation comply with this legal requirement to provide staff with training as defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.