05 - Training Employees regarding Safety

Provide employees with training regarding the inception of fire, the prevention of fire, and actions to take should a fire occur.

What do we look for?

Exposures

  • The type, amount, and extent of fire load and hazardous materials present and available to cause or support a fire facilitated by inappropriate employee behavior or response
  • Fire load or hazardous materials introducing an unusual (higher or lower) degree of exposure to the occupancy compared to normal expectations.

Controls

  • Evacuation drills held on a regular basis
  • Practical training in the use of portable extinguishers provided regularly
  • Fire safety training for new employees provided at induction
  • Regular training and appropriate written guidance provided for all employees in respect of the risk of fire
  • Specific fire safety training provided for employees engaged in processes with an increased fire risk typically found in this occupancy
  • Written records of all fire safety training kept and refresher fire safety training provided at appropriate intervals.

Risk improvement ideas

  • Establish thorough induction training courses for all new recruits, and brief induction training for contractors.
  • Record training courses received by staff. Verify training is 'competency based' by using a simple questionnaire or testing at the end of the training.
  • Establish formal evacuation procedures, muster points and roll-calls. Train all staff, and conduct periodic (at least annual, ideally every 6 months) evacuation drills. Assess the outcome of the drills, and improve procedures if necessary.
  • Make all staff aware of the fire hazards in your workplace and provide staff with familiarization training as appropriate in the use of fire extinguishers and hose reels.
  • Verify there is adequate training for all staff on how to operate machinery and plant equipment safely.  Provide Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) instructions in the workplace. Staff should also be familiar with additional safety precautions, for instance, in the safe handling and storage of flammable liquids and gases, using forklift trucks, etc.