Heads of Departments and Managers Fire Safety Guidance

Heads of Department* (HOD) or designated senior managers are required to undertake simple (local) fire safety review of their areas of responsibility at least annually, but possibly more frequently if significant hazardous activities are undertaken within the Department.

A simple fire safety review serves as a department interim review of their fire risk arrangement as a matter of good management and risk mitigation.

Department fire safety reviews should focus on the following

  • Staff Fire Safety E-learning, Induction, Refresher training and Building familiarisation. 
  • Fire Evacuation Marshal (FEM) numbers and coverage in all spaces occupied by the Department. 
  • Arrangements for Staff, Students and Visitors with a Disability prior to visiting/studying or working within the Department space. 
  • Management and review of hazardous processes, activities and storage within the Department. 
  • Department management of Fire Doors.

UCL Fire TN077 (FSRM Department Annual Guidance & Checks)
UCL Fire TN077a (check sheet)
UCL Fire TN014

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* Heads of Departments - this term includes Deans of Faculties, Heads of Academic Departments, Institutes, Centres, Schools etc., Heads of Corporate / Professional Services and the Director of Student Accommodation.