Wondering exactly what fire wardens’ responsibilities are? We’ve got all the information you need to know.
A fire warden is a business employee selected to undergo fire warden training and play a key role in the business’ fire preparation plans. Although the business is responsible for implementing certain safety measures such as fire alarms, signs and equipment such as fire extinguishers and blankets, the role of the fire warden is to ensure these procedures are all carried out correctly. In addition, if a fire emergency does break out, the fire warden in responsible for the safety of employees and carrying out a safe evacuation.
It’s important to have a fire warden(s) as it will ensure your business is prepared in the case of a fire.
A fire warden’s key responsibilities can be divided into two types of responsibilities: proactive and reactive.
Proactive responsibilities refer to the planning and tasks carried out to reduce the risk of fire in the workplace and are therefore preventative measures. These are usually carried out day-to-day and consist of regular checks to ensure all safety protocols and procedures are in place and being adhered to.
Responsibilities will vary depending on the business, but will almost always include:
Reactive responsibilities are those that are carried out in the event of a fire. They are therefore reactive responses to the situation and this is where fire warden training is essential.
Depending on the business and building, reactive responsibilities of the fire warden can include:
If a fire emergency occurs within the workplace, it is essential that there are people on hand who are professionally trained and can keep calm and lead everyone to safety.
BusinessWatch conduct a Fire Warden Training Programme that is recognised by the Institute of Fire Engineers. It covers both proactive and reactive responsibilities under the latest fire legislation as well as other fire-prevention measures such as the correct use of fire extinguishers and how to organise a quick yet safe evacuation.
For more information on our Fire Warden Training Programme or to register your interest, please read more here.