It’s ironic these days that even with legislation, many companies, indeed, some of the largest, do not have an emergency preparedness program in place.
Many companies are lacking in trained, qualified first aiders, first aid equipment, fire marshals/wardens. There are some companies that do not carry out evacuation drills as frequently as they should.
If these companies performed even the simplest of risk assessment, they would instantly see they are under-staffed in respects to their legal duty of care to employee health and safety.
During the downturn, many companies have undergone restructuring processes resulting in thousands of redundancies. Whilst in the rehiring phase, there is a requirement to carry out a risk assessment and re-establish the minimum number of trained first aid and fire marshal staff
St John’s Ambulance Org states that, “Over 88,000 buildings catch fire in England every year, causing over 10,000 injuries and 319 deaths”.
It goes on to say, “The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that you must have people with sufficient training as fire marshals to identify a fire hazard, assist in evacuation and help implement your preventative and protective measures.
If you don’t, you could receive an unlimited fine. Certificates, issued before the regulations existed, have been abolished and have had no legal status since 2006.” (sja.org.uk)
What we can do for you
Crisilience will assist you with your risk assessment and training, helping your company to be compliant with the Health and Safety (First Aid) at Work Act 1981, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
For details on our courses, please visit our “First Aid site