This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Survey reveals failings in UK workplace fire safety

03 August 2017

Results from a survey conducted by legal business Hugh James has revealed worrying levels of fire safety in UK workplaces.

Responses from 2,000 full- and part-time workers in the UK showed that 16% had not taken part in a fire drill in the previous 12 months, despite the fact that this is a workplace health and safety regulation clearly defined by the government.

No training on what to do in the event of a fire in the workplace was reported by 46% of respondents, who had also not received advice on health and safety policies, according to the report by

A further 42% of respondents said they could not remember when workplace fire doors had been inspected, while 28% could not recall when fire extinguishers had been checked.

With 89% stating that they took health and safety in the workplace seriously, the results seem to show a different picture to the reality.

This was further emphasised by 36% stating they did not where their workplace accident log book was located.

The survey included responses from 970 managers and 21% stated that health and safety protocols had not been followed after employee injuries and accidents.

Hugh James partner Mark Harvey said the survey showed a lack of knowledge by both employees and managers over health and safety legislation and more understanding is required to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities.

Recognising the recent Health and Safety Executive report showing a downward trend in fatal and non-fatal injuries as "really positive", he said employers and managers should "truly report what is happening in the workplace".

"We therefore urge companies to put real emphasis on providing the right health and safety training to employees to avoid future misconduct," he said. 

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Increasing issues relating to refrigerants following F Gas regulation impact

FMs in charge of facilities with plant and equipment that use refrigerant gases with a high global warming potential (GWP) face a number of issues in the near future.Full Story...

Article image Manchester Cleaning Show To Focus On Future Of Cleaning And Wider FM Issues

The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.Full Story...

Pest control warning from industry body

Carillion businesses sold as markets adjust to company collapse

WCRS hosts series of free informative webinars