Fire Safety for Health and Social Care - Level 1 - Online Course - CPD Accredited

The Mandatory Training Group
Delivery Method: e-Learning

Fire Safety for Health and Social Care - Level 1 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Welcome to The Mandatory Training Group's online Fire Safety in Health and Social Care training course for front-line healthcare and social care providers. All our online training courses, programmes and qualifications are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK).

Since the publication of the fire safety Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the provision of fire training has become a legal requirement for all employees within the UK. Fire safety in the health and care environments is particularly challenging since many people will require some degree of assistance from staff to ensure their safety in the event of a fire.

Fire within a health or care setting can have a significant impact and consequences which can include property loss, injury and potential loss of life. High levels of fire safety awareness and knowledge by the health and care workforce is essential if safe environments are to be maintained, and the distressing consequences that can be caused by fire are to be prevented.

Course content

This online Fire Safety in Health and Social Care training course covers the following:

  • An introduction to fire safety,
  • Why fire safety awareness is essential for all employees,
  • An understanding of what fire is and its key elements (the ‘fire triangle’),
  • Common workplace fire hazards, including:
    • Smoking hazards,
    • Flammable liquids, gases and chemical hazards,
    • Medical oxygen hazards,
    • Electrical equipment hazards,
    • Hazards relating to clutter within the work environment,
    • Hazards relating to escape routes,
    • Arson,
    • Fire risk assessment in the workplace.
  • Significant findings relating to fire risk assessments,
  • Protective measures to minimise the risk of fires in the workplace,
  • An understanding of fire extinguishers,
  • Actions to take on discovering a fire,
  • Steps to take on hearing the fire alarm, and
  • Key things to remember about fire safety.

Who is the course for?

This online Fire Safety in Health and Social Care training course should be completed by those who work in health and social care services, including:

  • NHS medical, nursing, AHP and care staff,
  • Locum doctors and nurses,
  • Locum allied health professionals (AHPs),
  • Agency nurses,
  • Agency workers,
  • Healthcare Assistants (HCAs),
  • Support workers,
  • Care assistants, and
  • Community services.

Course aims

By the end of this online Fire Safety in Health and Social Care training course, learners will understand:

  • What causes fires and how to prevent them,
  • What the law requires businesses regarding fire safety, including who enforces the law,
  • The importance of good housekeeping to minimise risks,
  • What type of detection and warning systems should be in place on their premises,
  • How to ensure their evacuation routes and exits remain effective at all times,
  • Fire safety signage,
  • The different types of evacuation strategies their workplace may use,
  • What to do during an evacuation, and
  • The importance of personal emergency evacuation plans and fire drills.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this online Fire Safety in Health and Social Care training course, the learner will:

  • Understand the characteristics of fire, smoke and toxic fumes,
  • Know the fire hazards in the working environment,
  • Be aware of the significant findings of relevant fire risk assessments,
  • Understand how to practice and promote fire prevention,
  • Be aware of basic fire safety and local fire safety protocols including staff responsibilities during a fire incident,
  • Know the means of raising the fire alarm and the actions to take on hearing the fire alarm,
  • Know the right steps instinctively to take if a fire breaks out, or smoke is detected,
  • Be familiar with the different types of fire extinguishers, state their use and identify the safety precautions associated with their use, and
  • Understand the importance of being familiar with evacuation procedures and associated escape routes.

The learning outcomes listed above reflect the minimum standard which should be incorporated into fire safety training for all levels and reflects in England the Department of Health policy on fire safety in the NHS in England: Managing Healthcare Fire Safety (HTM 05-01), Second edition April 2013.

Also, learners should take part in practical training sessions, which include evacuation techniques and where appropriate, use of firefighting equipment. Dependent upon the role, location and service need the learning outcomes stated should be supplemented by specific job and site training. This should include, for example, local fire procedures, escape routes, refuges, evacuation aids and fire alarms and any other aspects as deemed necessary based upon localised fire risk assessment, training needs analysis and policy.

Similarly, staff involved in particular roles such as telephone operators, estates, and working in environments such as operating theatres may need more specific training to fulfil their responsibilities, ineffective fire prevention and management.

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