Prioritise fire safety in your workplace...

Fire safety in the workplace is of utmost importance. Ensuring the safety of your employees and customers and the protection of your building and equipment is essential.

Fires put people’s safety at risk and can cause catastrophic damage to premises. Although companies have insurance in place to cover any eventuality, a fire would undoubtedly disrupt business activities.

Depending on the severity of the fire, this could result in temporary closure, which would certainly lead to lost revenue. This may, in some cases, affect a business so much that it could possibly lead to permanent closure and even bankruptcy. 

Fire protection policies and procedures are a legal requirement, with all organisations obligated to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. As a business owner you must ensure that your premises meet the required standards for commercial buildings, that employees are provided with adequate fire safety training and that detailed fire risk assessments are carried out to identify the risks and hazards.

There are four main principles of fire safety: 

  1. Prevention - identifying and reducing fire hazards in the workplace. This can include regular inspections, maintaining equipment and facilities in good working order, and enforcing proper storage of flammable materials.

  2. Detection and Communication - early detection of a fire is crucial to ensure timely evacuation and response. This principle involves the use of smoke detectors, fire alarms, and other warning systems to alert occupants to the presence of a fire.

  3. Occupant Protection - the measures taken to prevent the spread of fire and get people out safely in the event of a fire. This can include the use of fire doors, fire walls and other fire-resistant building materials.

  4. Containment and Extinguishment - the provision of means of putting out a fire if one breaks out. This includes fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and other fire suppression equipment, as well as the training of staff on how to use these tools.

NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety

Duration: 6 days plus examinations

If you’re responsible for conducting and managing fire risk assessments in your workplace, the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety will provide all the training you need. This course clearly sets out the steps and methods for reducing the potential for a fire-related incident. It equips delegates with the understanding to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the competence to conduct fire risk assessments and the ability to implement control measures to reduce risks. The course comprises two parts:

FSC1: Fire safety and risk management

  • Managing fire safety

  • Principles of fire and explosion

  • Fire protection in buildings

  • Safety of people in the event of fire

  • Fire safety risk assessment

FSC2: Fire safety practical application

  • Risk assessment in a work context

NEBOSH suggests that at least 20 hours of private study time will be required in addition to the taught component. This qualification has a two-step assessment process which consists of an open book examination (OBE), and a practical fire risk assessment. Delegates will also be required to attend a closing interview, in the week following their OBE.

Benefits of NEBOSH

  • The syllabus is designed to meet employer needs so the skills learnt will be extremely relevant and applicable to all industries.

  • The course content is created and reviewed by leading health and safety experts.

  • The course will give you broad theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on skills that you can utilise in your workplace.

  • You’ll be adding value to your organisation and contributing to a higher level of health and safety at work.

  • Having a NEBOSH qualification will enhance your CV and make you more employable as a result of the knowledge you’ll gain.

  • NEBOSH won the Awarding Organisation of the Year at the 2021 Federation of Awarding Bodies Awards, which demonstrates how highly respected they are as an awarding body.


  • PETA has been delivering the NEBOSH Fire Safety course for over 12 years and our current pass rate stands at an impressive 100%.

  • We are a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner with pass rates on all NEBOSH courses consistently above the national average. 

  • We underwent our three-yearly NEBOSH audit last July and passed with flying colours, maintaining our Gold Learning Partner status for NEBOSH delivery.

  • The Learning Partner Programme is a quality assurance programme that aims to recognise those partners who can prove that they meet the principles that represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support, which PETA does.

  • Our NEBOSH Fire Safety course is led by Louise Keys, one of our experienced Health and Safety Trainer/Advisers. Louise has been a Chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) for over 11 years and is also a qualified and practised ISO18001 internal auditor. With several NEBOSH qualifications under her belt, she has been able to embed many aspects of fire, health, safety, wellbeing and environment management within the workplace.

    She said: “I have a real drive to communicate my passion for health and safety and I love training for this reason. I bring a fresh and engaging atmosphere to training and advisory sessions by using vivid examples from the diverse environments I’ve worked in. I want to inspire my learners to consider their own health and safety as well as that of their organisations and I endeavour to provide them with the tools and knowledge to do this.”

  • Our facilities are second-to-none, offering delegates the ideal learning environment, access to state-of-the-art equipment and a delicious two-course lunch.

A few words from our delegates:

“The tutor was good and had great knowledge.”

“Very knowledgeable and helpful – Louise kept the pace just right but still allowed questions/comments/conversations/interactions to flow.”

“A good bunch of learners who all wanted to get something out of the course and top marks to the facilitator! The additional resources available on PETA’s website were also excellent.” 

“Great delivery, good tutor, good group to learn with. The course content was informative. The tutor was knowledgeable and positive and my peers were easy to get on with.”

Book your place(s) online today, explore our suite of NEBOSH courses or get in touch with any queries.




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