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Fire Safety

Welcome to the University Fire Safety Team.

The effects of fire can be devastating, not only in terms of lives lost and injuries, but also in terms of damage to equipment, property, the environment, business interests and reputation. Good management of fire safety is essential to ensure that fires are unlikely to occur; that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely; or that, if a fire does occur and grow, everyone is able to escape to a place of total safety easily and quickly.

Everyone in the University has a responsibility when it comes to fire safety. We must all take reasonable care to ensure our actions do not compromise our own safety or prejudice the safety of others from the effects of fire.

To support the University community, we have provided a number of Fire Safety Work InstructionsLink opens in a new window to support your activities.

Fire Safety TrainingLink opens in a new window is available and must be completed by all new staff and students. It is a requirement to refresh this training every three years.

The University has a Fire Safety Working GroupLink opens in a new window and Fire Management Strategic GroupLink opens in a new window which govern all aspects of Fire Safety Management.

The University is also implementing the BS 9997 Fire Risk Management SystemLink opens in a new window.

Fire Safety Objectives

Objectives for Fire Safety have been set for the 2022-23 year. It is anticipated that these objectives will change over time as fire safety matures but as at present, they are as shown below.

  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Proactive Monitoring (Fire Risk Assessments) are closed within agreed timescales.
  • Ensure that 95% of those actions identified through Reactive Monitoring (incidents, near misses, etc) are closed within agreed timescales.
  • Ensure that 100% of Fire Risk Assessments are in place for identified buildings by September 2023.
  • Ensure that 100% of mandatory Fire Safety Training courses are completed by staff by September 2023*.

*This is subject to the courses in question being successfully migrated to the Learning Management System (LMS) within Success Factors.

These objectives will be reviewed annually.