New Year, New Changes, New Staff?

fire safety training

Without doubt the most common kind of questions we get asked here at the Fire Training Company are around the issue of whether a business needs to train all their employees in fire safety. The short answer is ‘yes’. You must ensure that all employees are aware of fire safety and that will usually mean…

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Fire Safety in Schools: What You Need to Know

With schools currently working with less staff onsite because of the current lockdowns during Covid-19, having the correctly trained staff in school is vitally important. Because nominated Fire Marshals may be off sick or unavailable at short notice, do you have enough trained staff to cover? As with any safety procedure, fire safety has some…

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Fire Safety and Christmas in Your Home Office

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So you are working from home and want to recreate the office Christmas atmosphere.  You want to be able to share your festive decorations when you have those Zoom meetings. From having flashing lights around your monitor to hanging glittering garlands, make sure before you start decorating, you’re thinking about fire safety… How would you…

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Stay Safe Whilst Working From Home

Just How important do you think your smoke dector is? Apart from the occasional irritating squeak if they need a battery change, we tend not to even notice smoke detectors. However, they are a vital part of your fire safety equipment because they are the essential early warning that something is wrong. The little round…

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Fire safety regulation is changing

Fire safety is important

The Fire Safety Bill, currently before Parliament, seeks to amend the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and is expected to result in greater clarity over responsibility for fire safety in buildings containing more than one home. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 consolidated a number of different pieces of fire legislation and has…

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Take a look at the Signs

There are so many signs we are being asked to adhere to; ‘Keep 2 Metres’ apart being the major one at the moment. But signs can become so familiar that we forget they are there! Look around your office building, the supermarket, indeed virtually any indoor space and you’ll see signs everywhere. In an emergency…

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Fire safety training via Zoom, Webex and the like…

Fire safety when working from home

So, it’s month three of lockdown and the government is starting to ease the constraints. Businesses are working out how they can safely have employees return to work within the published guidelines on social distancing and cleaning regimes. If you haven’t yet done so, the signs are there that the furlough scheme is going to…

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Can I train furloughed staff?

Training while furloughed

The simple answer is yes, you can. Government guidance has always allowed you to train furloughed staff. However, the initial guidance suggested you had to pay staff the national minimum wage for any hours they spent training, but this requirement has been lifted now. One condition that remains though, is that the training can’t be…

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