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EMPLOYING NEW GUIDANCE ON FIRE SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

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New, comprehensive guidance to employers on fire safety in the ...
New, comprehensive guidance to employers on fire safety in the

workplace has been published in a joint document by the Home Office,

Health and Safety Executive, Scottish Executive and Department of

Environment (Northern Ireland).

Fire Safety - An Employer's Guide has been prepared following changes

to the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and requests by

employers for more detailed information on their responsibilities

under the Regulations.

Under the workplace regulations, primary responsibility for fire

safety in the workplace rests with employers. The new guidance

offers a comprehensive explanation of the Regulations and employers'

rights and responsibilities.

Employers will also be able to get free advice from their local fire

brigade.

Publishing the guidance home office minister George Howarth said:

'Although the number of deaths from fire in the workplace is

small, there is still room for improvement.

'This user-friendly guide offers comprehensive advice on fire

risk assessment and information about the law. It will support busy

employers, ensuring that they have appropriate safeguards to protect

their workforce against fire.

'I hope that this manual of good practice will enable the Fire

Service, business and commerce, and the public sector to work

together, to make the workplace a safe environment for all

employees.'

Supporting publication of the guidance, the Health and Safety

Executive's director of safety policy, Clive Norris, said:

'Employers are well used to approaching safety in the workplace

through risk assessment. The new guidance, which HSE welcomes, will

be invaluable in helping employers to consider what they need to do

to control fire risks in the workplace.'

NOTES:

1. Fire Safety - An Employer's Guide is available on the HSE home page: http://www.open.gov.uk/hse/hsehome.htm

2. It may also be obtained, at a cost of£9.95, from

HSE Books, PO Box 1999

Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6FS Tel: 01787 881165 Fax:

01787 313995

OR

The Stationery Office

Publications Centre, PO Box 276

London SW8 5DT

Tel: 0870 600 5522 Fax: 0870 600 5533

3. Amendments to the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997

were made following European Commission concerns about UK compliance

with the general fire safety provisions of the European Framework

Directive, which is about measures to encourage improvements in the

health and safety of employees.

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