Fire Safety Law & Risk Assessment: EU


2-day course

Venue: Westgate Business District, 24 Preciziei Blvd., Building H5, Groundfloor


To provide Facilities Managers and others with fire safety management responsibilities the knowledge and skills required to manage fire safety in the public sector and industrial and commercial premises a structured and cost-effective way.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

Understand the obligations imposed on organisation by EU law

Describe the legal responsibilities of companies and individuals for legislation compliance and the management of fire safety

Understand the changes to the role and function of the fire and rescue services, the way they respond to fire calls and how they provide fire intervention

Understand the role of the ‘Duty Holder’

Eliminate and mitigate fire risks, manage the use of dangerous substances, and maintain fire safety measures including fire detection systems and emergency routes and exits

Understand the differences between the requirement within building regulations, approved

Describe measures for cost-effective compliance

Describe the duty of care an organisation owes to employees and others

Undertake fire risk assessments, review and maintain these and produce plans for implementation of remedial measures

Use relevant standards to support a fire safety programme

Understand how to manage a comprehensive fire safety programme.


No organisation can afford to ignore the recent radical changes in Fire Safety Law which affects the whole of the EU

Companies, organisations and individuals who employ staff or volunteers are now wholly responsible for their own legislation compliance and management of fire safety

There have been also major changes to the organisation and role of the fire service including the way fire cover and response is provided and the impact of the new enforcement regime and the imposition of charging for certain non-emergency services.

Employers are now wholly responsible for ensuring that the law is complied with and directors, owners, employers and managers are personally responsible.

Course content

  • Introduction to risk: risk management and risk reduction
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Risk assessment tools, templates and proformas; using risk scoring
  • The EU Framework and Workplace Directives and their implementation in national law
  • Elimination and mitigation of fire risks,
  • The duty owed to ‘Relevant Persons’
  • Means of escape requirements
  • Provision of information, maintenance, co-ordination and co-operation, training, record keeping,
  • Building codes and new/refurbished buildings
  • Fire protection of buildings including compartmentation, fire resistance, fire detection and alarm systems, fire fighting equipment, fire suppression systems
  • Suggestions for cost-effective compliance
  • Issues involving electrical installations and equipment
  • Undertaking fire risk assessments
  • Ensuring provision of adequate means of escape
  • Special problems of people with disabilities
  • Managing fire safety in listed or heritage buildings
  • Special requirements for hotels as required by EC/666/86
  • Managing fire safety during refurbishment or when contractors are present
  • Appointing competent consultants and contractors
  • Training of staff and maintenance of records
  • The role of fire wardens as competent persons
  • Liability issues, enforcement civil and criminal penalties
  • Worked example of a risk assessment using a template
  • Risk assessment exercise

Who should attend?

Facilities, Estates and Property Managers, Fire Safety Managers and others responsible for fire safety legislation; Security and Fire Officers; Health & Safety Managers; Managing Agents; Building surveyors and engineers involved in implementing legislation; consultants involved in fire safety and fire safety legislation.

How to attend

Please fill in the following form and sent it at, or call 021.403.41.20.


590 Euro+VAT for RABO Members

665 Euro+VAT for non-members

About the presenter

Stewart KiddStewart Kidd is one of the UK’s leading fire safety management specialists and an experienced expert witness in litigation involving compliance with fire safety procedures and standards. He is a Chartered Security Professional and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers. He is a former Director of the Fire Protection Association and Director General of the Arson Prevention Bureau and is a Director of the UK’s sprinkler industry association. He is the author of eight books on fire and risk-related topics including the Scottish Governments Approved Code of Practice for fire safety in traditional buildings.

His specialist interests include the protection of cultural resources and managing fire safety on major construction sites and power generation plants.

He sits on many working groups and standards committees and is currently advising the European Commission on a revision of standards for hotel fire safety in the EC.


Day 1

0900 Registration, tea & coffee on arrival

0930 Introductions; Scope of Course

0945 Mini exercise: ‘How safe are you?’

1000 Fire statistics: the costs of fire, impacts, causes and problems

1020 Arson as a cause of fire and its consequences and prevention

1040 An introduction to fire chemistry; fire spread, fire growth curves, tenability

1100 Break

1115 Human behaviour in fire

1130: Standards and fire safety

Hierarchy of Standards: ISO/EN/

1150 Risk & Hazard

Assessing risks and using statistics

Management and Risk Assessment

1205: Fire Risk Assessments: An Introduction

Guidance documents

Other approaches

Risk assessment scoring

Risk assessment tools

Using the data

1240 Principles of Managing Fire Safety

Fire safety policies

Evacuation drills and procedures

Duties of fire wardens

Staff training – training matrix

Special problems for staff with disabilities

Special problems in listed and heritage buildings

Special problems when contractors are present

Hotel fire safety

1315 Lunch

1400 Mini Exercise: ‘Assess that risk’

1425: DVD: ‘Fire risk assessment’

1445 Hazard Spotting: The Interface with Risk Reduction

1500 Break

1515 Mini Exercise: ‘The good, the bad and the I-wouldn’t spend-the-night-there’

1545 DVD ‘Action in the event of fire’

1610 Fire and Health & Safety Law Part 1 – Present Obligations and Implementation, the Fire Services Act, European Legislation, Building Regulations

1640 Review of the day

1700 End of Day 1

Day 2.

0915 Mini Exercise: What did you spot?

0930 Fire and Health and Safety Law Part 2

Alternatives to the Building Regulations

The Advanced approach and BS 9999:2010

Fire engineering and BS DD 7974

1000 Principles of fire protection

Compartmentation and segregation

Fire tests and materials

Fire ratings, resistance and surface spread of flame

1025 Fire detection and alarm systems

Types of systems and sensors

Sensor selection matrix

Sounders and voice systems

Transmission of alarms

1055 Break

1110 Fire extinguishing systems

Manual systems – portable fire extinguishers and hosereels

Automatic systems

Using standards

1200 The Fire Safety Order – duties and obligations, general duties, recording risk assessments and fire safety plans; Responsible and Competent persons

1220 Relevant Persons, Dangerous Substances, Collaboration, Duties of Employees

1245 Notices, Enforcement and Appeals, Liabilities

1300 Lunch

1345 Business Continuity Planning

1415 Risk Assessment Exercise (includes 10 minute break at 1500)

1600 DVD: Fire Safety in Order

1630 Review of the Day; Questions/Discussion

1700 Close