The purpose of Fire Safety Week is to raise or keep fire safety in focus and ensure fire safety is understood and supported throughout Royal Mail Group. The final confirmed details of the Royal Mail Group Fire Safety Week being held the week of 17th to 23rd July 2017 have been announced.
The campaign is to also help raise awareness of the role and responsibilities of RMG Persons in Control (PiCs) who play an important role when it comes to managing fire safety within the areas under their control.
Dave Joyce, CWU's National Health, Safety & Environment Officer has wrritenn to all of the CWU's Postal Branches via LTB392/17 You can download the full LTB via the link at the end of this article.
RMG Fire Safety Week is being deployed this year with the full support of the CWU and will therefore have the full involvement of Area and Workplace Safety Representatives who should now be proactively making contact with PiCs (Person in Charge) and Area Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Advisors to plan support and involvement during the week.
CWU support has been welcomed by the Royal Mail Group Property & Facilities Solutions National Fire Safety Manager, and a RMG Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions/CWU Joint Statement issued.
CWU Safety Reps are entitled to be involved, consulted and to input in, Fire Risk Assessment Reviews, Fire Evacuation Plans, Fire Drills etc.
Royal Mail must carry out fire safety risk assessments for their premises and keep it up to date. This shares the same approach as health and safety risk assessments. Based on the findings of the assessments, Royal Mail needs to ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire. The assessments need to be reviewed and kept up to date.
This is to ensure RMG’s legal requirements are met and to ensure the workforce and visitors to the properties/offices are kept safe at all times.
“Fire Safety Week” commencing 17th July will provide a series of tasks that the Person in Control will need to complete as part of the SHE Task Calendar and associated PiC Task List. A Fire Safety Pack is being deployed across RMG for PiCs information and a copy is attached for ASRs, WSRs and Branches to cascade to Reps.
PiCs are required to complete three key tasks:-
- Update and close out the Fire Risk Assessment Actions.
- Check Fire Evacuation Plans and Personal Evacuation Plans.
- Ensure that all Employees have received their fire training and test this by carrying out fire alarm evacuation exercise.
Where Unit Managers are not the nominated Person in Control (PiC), then it is the responsibility of the Unit Manager to ensure the PiC is aware of Fire Safety Week and support them with completion of the tasks required of them.
PiCs will involve and consult with CWU Area and Workplace Safety Reps about: -
- fire Risk assessments,
- proposals for improving fire safety,
- informing and instructing staff on fire risks and precautions,
- nomination of Fire Wardens,
- any issues or risks identified which might affect the safety of the employees and proposed remedial action.
Work time learning should be used to ensure employees and building users understand their duties and responsibilities toward fire safety, for example: understand emergency evacuation procedures, good housekeeping or where unacceptable working practices have been identified.
You can download LTBLTB392/17 with attachments from the CWU HQ website, Members Only Section
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