So, what is a Fire Warden and how does the duties of a Fire Warden relate to the workplace?
In Queensland, the relevant legislation for all Fire Wardens is the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 under the Building Act 1975. This regulation outlines the requirements for the appointment and duties of Fire Wardens in Queensland.
Under this regulation, a Fire Warden is a person appointed by the building owner or occupier to assist in implementing the building’s fire and emergency evacuation procedures.
The duties of a Fire Warden may include:
- Conducting regular fire safety inspections of the building and identifying potential fire hazards.
- Raising the alarm and contacting emergency services in the event of a fire or other emergency.
- Ensuring the safe and orderly evacuation of all occupants in the event of a fire or other emergency.
- Assisting emergency services in gaining access to the building and providing information about the building’s layout and occupants.
- Conducting regular fire drills to test the effectiveness of the building’s fire and emergency evacuation procedures.
- Providing fire safety training and education to other occupants of the building.
In addition, the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 requires building owners and occupiers to appoint enough trained and competent Fire Wardens to implement the building’s fire and emergency evacuation procedures. The number of Fire Wardens required will depend on the size and occupancy of the building.
Overall, the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 provides a framework for the appointment and duties of Fire Wardens in Queensland, with the aim of ensuring the safety of occupants in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Want to know more?
At OCD Training, Assessing & Consultancy, we conduct Fire Warden training courses in our purpose built training facility or we can come to your workplace. These courses can be found here and satisfy the legislative requirements of the Act as well providing your workforce with the knowledge, skills and ability to know what to do in an emergency, safely. For more information, please contact the team at OCD Training, Assessing & Consultancy at email@example.com or phone Robert on 0409411347. And don’t forget, visit our Blog page for more articles on other interesting topics.