Over the past few years, a number of countries and international organisations have begun to make fire warden training necessary for their employees. It doesn’t matter how strategically located fire stations are around the city. During rush hours, the large brigade can take a few minutes to mobilise and arrive at the scene. When the fire fighters arrive at the scene, they have to spend at least a few minutes in order to take stock of the situation, and make a plan on how to rescue the people stuck in the building, and come up with a plan to mitigate the spread of the fire.
Even this short period of time can prove to be costly in some cases. As a business owner in Australia, you should know that fire training is a legal requirement, by the law and legislation of the country. Even then, most businesses are oblivious to this fact and as a result, end up having to pay hefty fines. According to a particular study, almost 90% of the fires can be stopped in contained environments if the source is detected and relevant safety measures are taken, immediately. However, since most businesses do not spend a penny on training their employees, they just panic and end up calling the fire fighters. By the time the fighters arrive, the fire has grown pretty big.
Taking the Training
Safe Response: Fire Safety Advisor Training is a fantastic program designed for business owners so that they can educate their employees, and guide them through the immediate steps that need to be taken in order to stop the spread of the fire. The company has developed the training program in line with the following standards:
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011
- Australian Standard 3745: 2010 (Emergency Planning in Facilities)
- Australian Standard 1851: 2012 (Fire Equipment Maintenance)
- Australian Standard 4083:2010 (Emergency Planning in Healthcare Institutions)
The health and safety of your workers is your responsibility. Making them aware of how to react in case of a fire is of vital importance. According to a particular study, most employees didn’t even know how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. As you can imagine, this can just exacerbate an emergency situation and cause panic in the office environment.
What Does The Training Cover?
The fire training will first talk about the importance of placing fire equipment at strategic locations. Afterwards, employees will be taught how to use the fire extinguisher and other equipment. A series of different practice tests will be carried out to see if employees have understood how to use the fire equipment properly, or not.
The training course also talks about properly maintaining the fire equipment at regular intervals around the year. If you don’t properly maintain the fire equipment, it’s likely to malfunction at the time it is needed most. Remember that federal agents are likely to drop by and visit your place every now and then, at random times, to see if all of the fire equipment is working normally or not.