Appeal to Derbyshire firms over fire safety requirements

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ST John Ambulance is urging Derbyshire businesses to take advantage of the quieter time in the run up to Christmas by ensuring their workplace is fulfilling its fire safety obligations through appropriate training for their employees.

Statistics used by St John Ambulance on their Fire Marshal training courses reveal that over a four year period an average of 1,425 people are injured in fires at work and UK Fire and Rescue services are called to nearly 12,000 fires on business premises. In the same period there were 32 fire-related workplace deaths.

Mel Fox, regional director for St John Ambulance training in the Midlands, said: ‘With Christmas festivities approaching fire accidents may be more likely to occur due to extra lights and decorations in the workplace. Now is an ideal time to ensure your company has its fire safety covered. St John Ambulance offers specialist fire marshal training at business premises, as well as an online fire marshal calculator to help employers determine the number of fire marshals required. While your employees are winding down for Christmas, why not make the best use of their time by signing up for fire marshal, first aid or health and safety training.’

It is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to nominate an appropriate number of fire marshals to assist in implementing emergency procedures identified in a risk assessment. Appointing Fire Marshals ensures the business is legally covered.

‘By businesses understanding how to prevent fires they are not only making an effort to protect their property but also their employees. As a first aid charity, we obviously strive to ensure that everyone who needs first aid receives it but we also want to stress that preventing accidents happening in the first place is important. St John Ambulance advises that you carry out a risk assessment based on your business needs, which covers things such as the number of fire marshals required, first aider annual leave, the common injuries that happen in your workplace and shift work. Once you’ve identified your first aid needs you must maintain it, so it’s vital that businesses keep this in mind,’ added Mr Fox.

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. As the nation’s leading first aid charity, it teaches more people first aid than any other organisation: each year, more than 800,000 complete a St John Ambulance training course. Even so, fewer than one in 10 people have been trained in first aid.

For details on fire marshal training or to find out more about first aid and health and safety in your workplace visit sja.org.uk/training or call 0844 324 5535