Fire Safety – Emergency Planning

Fire Safety – Emergency Planning

The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act states that Employers must “ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health & welfare at work of his or her employees”.

The person in control to any extent of the workplace, is responsible for ensuring a safe workplace, access, egress & articles or substances.

Section 11

  • Places a duty on all Employers to prepare & revise adequate Emergency Plans.
  • They must also provide the necessary measures for fire-fighting including a safe evacuation for the workplace.
  • Employees, non-employees, visitors & members of the public must also be considered when preparing this plan.

Section 12

  • Clearly emphasizes the importance of this consideration that is required to those Persons other than Employees in the workplace.

Section 15

  • Places obligations on landlord’s who own (but are otherwise unconnected) with a workplace to ensure that there is safe access & egress from the place of work.

Section 19

  • Employers are required to carry out Risk Assessments.
  • These should be documented in their Site-specific Safety Statement.

Sections 8, 9 & 10

  • Requires that sufficient Information, Training & Supervision is provided to ensure the health & safety of Employees
  • Ideally should include information on their site-specific needs, to ensure their protection against dangers that may affect them.


Source:  Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005


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