Staying Safe at Work

Follow this advice to help stay safe at work


You can help keep your workplace safe by following this advice. More detailed guidance is available on our Guidance page.

If you manage a building or have a business, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order places a legal requirement upon you to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

  • You must have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment for the premises in place. Take particular care to ensure your assessment has been reviewed, is up to date and has been acted on.
  • Make sure you have an emergency plan which includes the actions you will need to take in a fire in your premises or any premises nearby.
  • Check that staff have received appropriate training and know what to do in the event of fire.
  • Make sure any equipment you have installed – extinguishers, hose reels, alarms, detectors, sprinklers – is in good working order.
  • Designated key-holders should be able to attend promptly in the event of an automatic fire alarm activating.
  • Properties with lifts should have suitable arrangements in the event of people being shut in the lift.
  • Inspect electrical equipment to make sure it is being maintained correctly, and that sockets and extension cables are not overloaded. Switch off and unplug electrical equipment when not in use.
  • Secure any combustible waste in an appropriate receptacle, and lock away any flammable liquids or gases.
  • Ensure rubbish is taken out of the premises as quickly and as often as possible. Bins should be sited away from buildings and secured if possible, and must not block escape routes.
  • Carry out end-of-day checks to ensure all windows and doors are secure, no combustible material is left lying around, and alarms and outside lights are switched on.

Find out more on our Guidance page.