Several Codes of Standards now control the design and use of Fire Training Equipment. CAP699, Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of H&S regulations 1992, Provision of Work Equipment 1998, and the Fire Service Manual Volume 4, are some of the standards to which users of such equipment must comply.
Failure to do so could result in an employee suffering serious injury or loss of life. Breaches under the Heath and Safety at Work Act 1974 may lead terms of imprisonment of up to 2 years and UNLIMITED financial penalties for the employer.
MSF keeps abreast of these constantly changing standards and encorporates the requirements layed down into the services we provide. We aim to ensure that our customers are in a position to meet their legal requirements, and to ensure the safety and well being of their employees.
CAP699 sets the standards required for both the trainer and the trainee using Hot Fire training equipment.
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 sets out the users responsibility in relation to the fuel supply system on their simulator. They lay down the requirements for a written scheme of examination of equipment, and state requirements on the user to ensure that the equipment is maintained correctly and in a good state of repair. These regulations apply in GB and Ireland, and countries owned by the same.
Fire Service Manual Volume 4 requires that Brigades ensure that all training systems are suitable for the purpose for which they are used. In addition it states that all training equipment must only be used, maintained and inspected by competent persons specifically trained for the task.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty of care on both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises.
Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1992 & 1999 require that the employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work. Also the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of, or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking.
Provisions of Work Equipment 1998 regulation 5(1) states that “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted at to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided”. In addition regulation 6 also states that “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is mainained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”.