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Business Fire Safety Training – Environmental, Heritage and Legal Reasoning

As a continuation from the moral, economic and social reasoning, there are several more reasons for carrying out fire risk management. The following categories of reasoning are equally important and often all the effects listed all simultaneously apply.

Environmental
Environmental reasoning can be seen as consideration to the effects a fire has on the natural surroundings such as rivers, woodland, mountains etc as well as manmade surroundings such as buildings, bridges etc.

A fire, no matter how small, will have an adverse environmental impact. The smoke plume will contain toxic products of combustion which will have a detrimental effect on any living organism affected. This effect may be transient or can be last for a long period of time e.g. soil contamination.

A fire also produces tonnes of ozone depleting agents which will contribute to effects such as global warming.

Fire-fighting action, mainly in the form of fire water runoff, can enter water courses and if unchecked can lead to river pollution or enter water extraction supplies destined for human or animal consumption.

Heritage
A nation’s heritage can be described as a nation’s cultural values, valuable artifacts, historic buildings and objects of value that have been passed down from previous generations and often have symbolic value by representing the culture that the nation has historically possessed.

Fire can result in a loss of the nation’s heritage. Many of the country’s finest examples of architecture, art, literature and historical treasures are vulnerable to fire and the public expect that the guardians pay due consideration to protecting them for future generations. Once burnt, many treasures are irretrievably lost and rebuilding historical premises requires a highly skilled workforce using expensive techniques and materials. This can have a simultaneous direct effect on tourism revenue within the area as tourists often choose holiday destinations based on area specific signature attractions. These attractions can be deemed worthless when severely damaged, often bringing a loss in social pride.

Legal
Legal reasoning takes into consideration the legal structure of the country that a business resides in and the direct consequences of not abiding by the law.

In the UK, failure to manage a premises fire risk can lead to prosecution for failure to comply with fire regulations, primarily the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Fire and Rescue Services are the ‘principle enforcers’ of the fire regulations and have a legal duty to effectively enforce the Order. Failure to comply may result in a fine and/or imprisonment for the responsible person.

Where, following a fire and the subsequent investigation, it can be proved that the fire was as a result of inadequate fire prevention measures or persons were put at risk due to poor or insufficient fire precautions or management procedures, legal action may be brought against the responsible person(s). The Health and Safety Executive or Local Authority Environmental Health Officers may commence legal proceedings which again may lead to a fine or imprisonment or both for the responsible person.

An individual may also instigate civil proceeding which may well result in large payout for damages to the claimant.


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