In Ireland there is a requirement by law that fire prevention and fire management training is provided to employees. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the Act) places an onus on employers to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of their employees. This includes a safe workplace, safe access, safe egress and that all articles within e.g. machinery or substances are safe.
Fire Safety Requirements
Sections 8, 9, and 10 of the Act requires sufficient information, training and instruction is provided to employees. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 has fire safety requirements for doors and gates (Reg 11), emergency routes and exits (Reg 12), fire detection and firefighting equipment (Reg 13), cleanliness and waste accumulation (Reg 18) and employees with disabilities (Reg 25). Other relevant legislation includes the Fire Services Acts 1981 and 2003 and the Buildings Controls Acts 1990 and 2007.
Risk of Injuries in Workplaces
Fire is unpredictable. What happened in Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017 has been a game changer for everybody working in fire prevention. Fires can cause loss of life. Fires may also result in many job losses from destruction of buildings and the contents within e.g. machinery. This is a significant cost to a business and 75% of businesses never reopen again. This is as a result of, not only the damage to premises and contents within, but from loss of business due to fines, prosecutions, compensation claims and insurance premiums. A site specific risk assessment and Safety Statement can mitigate your business against such losses.