The objective of this qualification is to support learners in any workplace, particularly new starters, where a basic understanding of fire safety is required.
Learners gaining this qualification will know that fire safety is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. They will recognise the common causes of fire and identify actions to take in the event of a fire.
1. Understand the hazards and risks associated with fire in the
1.1 Identify the components of the fire triangle
1.2 Identify the main causes of fires in the workplace
1.3 Identify ways to reduce the likelihood of a fire
1.4 Outline the main costs of fires in the workplace
1.5 Outline the duties for the following in relation to fire
• fire warden
1.6 Identify structural features of means of escape and how to ensure that they are maintained and available
2. Understand how fire risk is controlled in the workplace
2.1 Identify actions to take in the event of a fire and upon hearing a fire alarm
2.2 Identify the types of fire-fighting equipment and their uses
2.3 Outline ways to ensure fire safety equipment is available for use
Learning Outcome 1 – Understand the principles of fire and its prevention
1.1 Components of the fire triangle – ignition, fuel, oxygen. How elements start/reduce/stop a fire, causes of fire
1.2 Main causes of fires in the workplace – arson, electrical faults, smoking materials
1.3 Reduce the likelihood of a fire- fire risk assessment, housekeeping, physical controls,
employee controls (training), equipment safety and servicing e.g. gas and electric, storage
of flammable substances/fuel.
Daily checks could include:
• Outline the ways employees can assist in reducing the risk of fire occurring
• Follow information provided on fire risk assessment
• Always follow your training
• Keep rubbish to a minimum
• Report any fire safety related matters to your supervisor
• Keep stairways and corridors clear
• Ensure fire doors remain shut
1.4 Main costs of fires in the workplace – personal injury or death, direct cost to building and business, insurance costs, loss of jobs, society healthcare, social welfare.
1.6 Structural features of means of escape – fire doors, staircases, emergency lighting, escape doors, assembly points. How to ensure they are maintained – regular inspection, testing, maintenance.
Learning Outcome 2 – Understand how fire risk is controlled in the workplace
2.1 Actions to take in the event of a fire – raise the alarm, evacuate, contact emergency
services, fight a fire if able, assembly point
2.2 Types of fire-fighting equipment – portable Extinguishers – water, dry powder, foam, wet chemical, CO2, blanket. Fixed sprinklers, hoses.
2.3 Ensure fire safety equipment is available for use – regular servicing of equipment.
This qualification is externally set and assessed by a 15-question multiple-choice examination that must be completed within 30 minutes. Successful learners will have to demonstrate knowledge across the unit content and correctly answer 9 questions or more to achieve a pass.
On successful completion of this qualification, learners may wish to continue their development by
undertaking one of the following qualifications:
• Highfield Level 2 Award in the Principles of Fire Safety (RQF)
• Highfield Level 2 Award Risk Assessment (RQF)
• Highfield Level 2 Award Health and Safety within the Workplace (RQF)
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