Within Estates Services, the University Fire Officers are responsible for overall Fire Safety. However, operational responsibility is placed on Local Management as the ‘Appropriate Person’ to deal with Fire Safety management on a day to day basis. Schools and Directorates should refer to the University's Fire Safety Policy and Fire Safety Manual and Log Book for further information on the respective responsibilities and processes.
The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 and the Fire Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 Part 3 require those responsible for fire safety to carry out fire risk assessments of premises and to reduce the risk of fire as far as is reasonably practicable.
The University Fire Officers, as well as providing general advice on fire safety and evacuation to Schools and Directorates to enable them to carry out their duty of care, are responsible for:
- Fire alarm system installation maintenance and repair
- Management of the Fire Risk Assessment process for all University buildings to ensure compliance with current guidance
- Fire fighting equipment installation, maintenance and repair
- Smoke control equipment installation, maintenance and repair
In addition they also provide training as follows:
- Basic Fire Awareness Training
- Fire Safety for Managers and Supervisors
- Bespoke Fire Related Training (by arrangement)
- Fire Warden Course (see also Premises Fire Safety Guide)
- Fire Extinguisher Training (practical)
- Queen's online Safety Learning – (mandatory for all staff and undertaken annually)
For advice on other Health and Safety issues, please refer to http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/HumanResources/OccupationalHealthandSafety/