Fire Safety at Work

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 Read Legislation relevant to Fire Safety in the Workplace

Three golden rules:

1. Look around your workplace - eliminate the hazards

2. Install a fire detection and alarm system to give early warning

3. Prepare an evacuation plan & practice it regularly

In brief    

Fire Control Strategies

Active Controls

Purpose of Active Controls

Passive Controls

Passive Fire Protection

Fire safety must taken into account when designing building or changing the use of an existing building. Fire Safety Certificates are required for all building construction, alterations, and extensions. Read more about Fire Safety Certificates.

Make sure furnishings and fittings are up to  the required standards:

Fire Doors

Management Controls

Fire Training

Fire Drills

Record Management

 All workplaces must have a Fire Safety Register to detail:    

      • Identify risks in your workplace and eliminate hazards     
      • Install service and maintain a Fire detection and Alarm system & Emergency Lighting    
      • Provide service & maintain Fire Extinguishers    
      • Train staff and practice fire drills 
    • To alert occupants to emergency conditions
    • To initiate emergency response
    • To enable occupants to extinguish small fires
    • To ensure a defined and visible route of escape
    • To ensure a constant supply of water
    • Fire doors stop the spread of fire and smoke for some time
    • A fire door cannot stop the spread of smoke and fire if it is open!
    • Fire doors should be fitted with a self-closer
    • Doors must be kept shut - no wedges holding open!
    • Fire doors can have an electromagnetic hold open device connected to fire alarm
    • Staff training is a Statutory Requirement
    • Training must be specific to your organisation
    • Training must be provided by a competent provider.
    • Training must be assessed and repeated regularly
    • Fire Drills must be held minimum twice a year.
    • Simulate one exit blocked by fire.
    • Choose safe assembly area.
    • A procedure must be put in place to ensure the premises is vacated.
    • Keep a record & detail any problems encountered
    • Management functions.    
    • Assigned duties. Record of drills/evacuation.    
    • Inventory of fire protection equipment.    
    • Details of inspection & test including Certificates   

Legislation relevant to Fire Safety in the Workplace. 

Obligations under Fire Services Act 1981 & 2003 
Fire Services Act 1981 – S.I. No. 30:

Part 3 (Amendment to Fire Services Act 1981) of Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003 – S.I. No. 15:

Health & Safety Authority

Codes Of Practice

For more information

Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters
165-169 Townsend Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 673 4000
Fax: (01) 673 4085