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QA Level 1 Award in
Fire SafetyAwareness (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award in
Fire Safety (QCF)

Qualification overview

This Qualsafe Awards (QA) qualification educates Learners in basic fire safety awareness. It includes what to do in the event of an emergency, the principles of fire risk control and the basics of practical fire safety.

Aim

The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to develop their awareness of fire safety in the workplace to make sure they are keeping themselves and others they work with safe at all times. It instructs people what to do in the event of an emergency and outlines simple measures you can take to control the risk of fires in the workplace.

Learning outcomes and Assessment criteria

Learners will be assessed that they can:
1. Understand basic fire safety and what to do in the event of an emergency
1.1. State the main causes of fires in the workplace
1.2. Outline the main costs of fires in the workplace for employers, employees and society
1.3. State their own duties and responsibilities in relation to fire safety at work
1.4. State the duties and responsibilities of fire wardens and other people who may be required to take action as part of fire risk controls or during an emergency
1.5. Describe the action to be taken in the event of a fire in the workplace, including methods of raising the alarm and contacting the emergency services
2. Understand the principles of fire risk control
2.1. List the key elements for effective fire risk management in the workplace
2.2. Outline how the components of the fire triangle can be used to control fire risks
2.3. List active and passive fire risk control measures
2.4. Outline fire prevention measures that can be taken to minimise fire risks
3. Understand the basics of practical fire safety
3.1. State the safe operating parameters for the use of portable fire-fighting equipment
3.2. Outline simple checks for ensuring that fire safety equipment is serviceable and safe to use

Intended audience

The qualification is for all employees to increase their basic fire safety awareness. This training helps to fulfil an employer’s legal duty to train all their staff in fire safety.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

Requalification requirements

It is recommended that training is refreshed every 3 years. Relationship with other related qualifications This unit may appear in health and safety qualifications that contain multiple units.

Progression

Some possible routes of progression are:
• Level 2 Award in Fire Safety
• Level 3 Fire Risk Assessment and Control
• Level 4 Fire Risk Assessment
• Level 2 Award in Health and Safety
• Level 3 Award in Health and Safety

Qualification Overview
This Qualsafe Awards (QA) qualification educates Learners in fire safety awareness. It includes how fires are caused, the risks associated with fire and what we can do to control fire risks in the workplace. The qualification covers fire safety management at work, fire safety inspection, fire safety risk assessments and the legal requirements related to fire safety in the workplace. The role of the fire warden is also incorporated in the course.

Aim

The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to develop their fire safety awareness. It helps the Learner
build an understanding of fire safety management at work and the specific roles and responsibilities related to
fire safety in the workplace.

Learning outcomes and Assessment criteria
The Learner can:
1. Understand the hazards and risks associated with fire in the workplace
1.1 Explain how fires are caused in the workplace
1.2 Describe the components of the fire triangle
1.3 Identify the hazards during or after a fire, including the products of combustion
1.4 Describe the characteristics of fire and smoke spread
2. Understand how fire risk is controlled in the workplace
2.1 State the different methods used to identify and control fire hazards
2.2 Define the term ‘means of escape’ in relation to fire hazards
2.3 Outline typical components for means of escape from fire hazards
2.4 Describe methods of fire detection and raising the alarm
2.5 Describe the principle of how fires are extinguished
2.6 Describe how portable fire-fighting equipment should be used safely
2.7 Identify common fixed fire-fighting systems and where they might be used
3. Understand the principles and practice of fire safety management at work
3.1 Outline the duties of employers and employees with respect to fire safety in the workplace
3.2 Outline how to undertake a simple fire safety inspection in the workplace
3.3 Describe the stages involved in a fire risk assessment
4. Understand the role of the nominated fire warden
4.1 State the role and function of fire wardens in their workplace: • on a day-to-day basis • during an emergency • if they are not in their designated areas of responsibility when the alarm is raised
4.2 Outline the content of a fire safety briefing

Structure

This qualification comprises 1 mandatory unit with a total value of 1 credit and 9 guided learning hours (GLH)*.
*GLH are a guide to the estimated hours an average Learner would study to gain the unit. This does not have
to be face-to-face instructional time and can include self-directed study at home, such as reading course
hand outs and further self-study.

The minimum contact teaching time for this qualification is 6 hours (1 day) excluding breaks.

Intended audience

This qualification is for anyone who has a specific responsibility for fire safety in the workplace including fire
wardens/fire marshals. It provides a foundation of fire safety knowledge on which employers and ‘responsible
persons’ can build. It also increases the fire safety awareness of all employees.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a
minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

Requalification requirements

It is recommended that training is refreshed every 3 years.
Relationship with other related qualifications
This unit may appear in health and safety qualifications that contain multiple units.

Progression

Some possible routes of progression are:
• Level 3 Award in Fire Risk Assessment and Control
• Level 4 Award in Fire Risk Assessment
• Level 3 Award in Health and Safety

   
 
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