We have nominated fire wardens within our office buildings. What are the legal requirements regarding their training?
Health and safety legislation does not explicitly refer to fire wardens or the training required for them. However, the appointment of fire wardens is relevant to considering whether the organisation has discharged its legal obligation to maintain health and safety under the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act).
No legal training requirements for fire wardens exist in legislation, but it is recommended that your fire wardens are
trained and take refresher courses every 12 months in accordance with the Australian Standard to remain up-to-date with all statutory and regulatory changes.
Fire wardens should be trained in:
- any regulatory or legislative requirements to be a fire warden;
- Australian Standard requirements;
- how to raise an alarm in the event of an emergency;
- how to investigate any alarms or fires;
- how to execute an evacuation to ensure maximum safety of all business personnel;
- how to coordinate with other emergency personnel during an emergency; and
- post-emergency procedures.