With this in mind, we have designed a complete package for your centre ‘Nursing Home Emergency Management System’ which deals with all aspects of emergency management including pre-fire planning, staff training, documentation and equipment. Having a comprehensive plan in place to ensure that in the event of an emergency the nursing home staff have the tools in place to competently respond and deal as quickly and effectively as possible.
Residential care facilities such as nursing homes are required by the Local Authorities (Fire and Rescue Service) to have pre-fire planning drawings and supporting documentation submitted to the Fire and Rescue Service. This information gives the operational fire service personnel the information critical to them in arriving at an incident such as the entry points, access routes, fire hydrant positions, bypass valve location, fire panel location, provision of protected corridors, main electrical isolation point, main gas isolation valve, oxygen store area, etc… Phoenix STS produce this information and liaises with the Fire and Rescue Service to ensure they are satisfied with the information.
Another benefit of having our system in place is being fully compliant with HIQA in the area of Fire Safety and Emergency Management.
HIQA published the Guidance on Fire Compliance for Designated Centres for Older People in February 2016 and the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, which includes nursing homes, the standards came into effect on 1 July 2016. The National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People outline what is expected of a provider of services and what the resident can expect to receive in nursing home settings. The standers deal with the fire and safety, management, governance and staffing. Management must provide staff with comprehensible and relevant information on the risks to them identified by the fire risk assessment, about the measures that have been taken to prevent fires, and how these measures will protect them if a fire breaks out.
Simply put, pre–fire planning is the process of gathering information before a fire or another disaster occurs in order to be prepared to deal with it once it occurs.
A Fire Safety Certificate is a certificate issued by the Building Control Authority which states that the works or building to which the application relates will if constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications submitted, comply with the requirements of Part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 1997.
Since the amendments of 2003 to the Fire Services Act 1981, and the requirement of the Safety Health and Welfare At Work Act 2005 the Fire Service is no longer obliged to provide a “complete evacuation service” for premises placing the onus upon the person with responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation.
Everyone has to have the same right of evacuation in an emergency, and the responsibility to ensure this is in place falls upon the person having the responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation.
A Fire Safety Thematic Inspection is used when we want to examine the teaching of fire safety procedures or issues in a given environment.
Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, every employer shall identify hazards, assess risks and have a written risk assessment, including any unusual or other risks. A training programme must be delivered that as far as reasonably practicable the risks identified in a risk assessment are either eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level.
Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013; (Regulation 28) Fire Services Act 1981 (2003) – Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 – General Application Regulations 2007 – Fire Safety in Existing Nursing Homes and Similar Type Premises – HTM 84 Fire Risk Assessment in Residential Care Premises – Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises – Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes
Simply put there is NO, the private sector has no legally recognised Fire Warden Instructor course in Ireland.
“A person is deemed to be a competent person where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size or hazards (or both of them) of the undertaking or establishment in which he or she undertakes work, the person possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken”.
Health and Safety Authority