The Aims of this Policy

  • To ensure the health and safety of all employees working at Woodside Primary School, Shire Catering Kitchen, Sure Start Centre and The Start Learning Centre.
  • To establish standards and procedures for ensuring fire safety throughout the premises
  • To comply with legislation on fire safety in the workplace.

Application

  • This policy applies to all employees, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors throughout the site known as Woodside Primary School.
  • This Policy will be made available to all employees and others (as above) as appropriate.
  • This policy deals specifically with fire safety standards within the premises.

Legal and Other References

  • The Regulatory Reform ( Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Replaces Fire Precautions Act 1971 and Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997)
  • Shropshire Council Fire Safety Arrangements
  • HM Government Fire Risk Assessments Educational Premises Part 1, Part 2 and Means of Escape for Disabled People

Policy Details

The Regulatory Reform ( Fire Safety) Order 2005 establish minimum standards for fire safety arrangements. It is our policy to ensure the safety of persons in our premises by ensuring standards outlined below are complied with.

Responsible Person

  • In the workplace, the responsible person is the employer, School Governors and Headteacher and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible.
  • If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises (e.g. a multi-occupied complex), all must take all reasonable steps to co-operate and co-ordinate with each other.
  • Responsibility for various aspects of fire safety within council premises depends on the type of establishment.

Duty to Take General Fire Precautions

  • The responsible person must take such general fire precautions as will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of any of his employees; and in relation to relevant persons who are not his employees, take such general fire precautions as may reasonably be required in the circumstances of the case to ensure that the premises are safe.
  • A relevant person is any person lawfully on the premises and any person in the immediate vicinity, but does not include fire fighters carrying out fire fighting duties.

Documented Fire Orders/Procedures

  • The Buildings/Health/Safety Committee and Headteacher ensure that documented procedures are available for all premises under their control. These orders/procedures are brought to the attention of all employees, visitors, contactors etc. via The New Employee/Student/Visitor Handbook/ Fire Safety Information for Visitors and Contractors Leaflet.
  • Standards detailed in this policy will apply to all premises on the site. Procedures exist for all premises on the site and brought to the attention of all staff, visitors etc.

Signage

  • All premises display fire safety signs (fire action notices, evacuation direction signs, assembly point signs, and fire extinguisher signs) internally in accordance with the fire legislation and codes of practise.
  • All these signs comply with appropriate safety sign legislation.

Emergency Routes and Exits

  • Emergency routes and exits lead as directly as possible to a place of safety
  • In the event of danger, it must be possible for persons to evacuate the premises as quickly and as safely as possible
  • The number, distribution and dimensions of emergency routes and exits must be adequate having regard to the use, equipment and dimensions of the premises and the maximum number of persons who may be present there at any one time
  • Emergency doors must open in the direction of escape
  • Emergency doors must not be so locked or fastened that they cannot be easily and immediately opened by any person who may require to use them in an emergency
  • Emergency routes and exits are indicated by the appropriate signs
  • Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination are provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.

Fire Fighting and Detection

 Where necessary (whether due to the features of the premises, the activity carried on there, any hazard present or any other relevant circumstances) in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons, the responsible person must

  • Ensure that the premises are, to the extent that it is appropriate, equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms.
  • Ensure that any non-automatic fire-fighting equipment so provided is easily accessible, simple to use and indicated by signs.
  • Take measures for fire-fighting in the premises, adapted to the nature of the activities carried on there and the size of the undertaking and of the premises concerned;
  • Nominate competent persons to implement those measures and ensure that the number of such persons, their training and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into account the size of, and the specific hazards involved in, the premises concerned; and
  • Arrange any necessary contacts with external emergency services, particularly as regards fire-fighting, rescue work, first-aid and emergency medical care.

Fire Risk Assessments

  • The responsible person must carry out a fire risk assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire, of all ‘relevant persons’. The fire risk assessment must ensure particular attention to those at special risk, such as people with disabilities (mobility impairment or learning disability), those known to have special needs and children
  • The risk assessment must include consideration of any dangerous substance liable to be on the premises.
  • The outcome of fire risk assessment will help to identify risks that can be removed or reduced and to decide the nature and extent of the general fire precautions required.
  • The Council has adopted the fire risk assessment templates provided by the West Midlands Arson Task Force.
  • We utilise the ‘Keeping Your School in Business’ format and all other premises use the ‘Keeping Your Business in Business’ layout. Copies of which, are available from the school Business Manager.
  • The fire risk assessments are reviewed on a yearly basis as a minimum and when there is reason to suspect that it is no longer valid or there has been a significant change in the matters to which it relates including when the premises, special, technical and organisational measures, or organisation of the work undergo significant changes, extensions, or conversions.

Training

  • The responsible person must ensure that employees are provided with adequate safety training at the time when they are first employed and on their being exposed to new or increased risks. The training should be repeated periodically.
  • Fire training should be based on the particular features of the building as appropriate and include suitable and sufficient instruction and training on precautions and actions to be taken by the employee (i.e. fire drills) in order to safeguard themselves and others.

 Waste Management

  • The collection of waste, storage and disposal of waste is undertaken on a regular basis.
  • Waste bins are kept in locked compounds

Duties of Employees

Employees also have a duty to take reasonable care for their own safety and that of other people who may be affected by their activities. This includes the need for them to inform their employer of any activity that they consider would present a serious and immediate danger to their own safety and that of others.

Further Information can be obtained from :

  • Shropshire Council Fire Safety Arrangements
  • HM Government Fire Risk Assessments Educational Premises Part 1, Part 2 and Means of Escape for Disabled People
  • Copies can be obtained on request from the school Site Manager