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Control measure
Wear safe clothing and footwear

Control measure knowledge

Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that, "Employees must take reasonable care of their own and other people's health and safety.” Fire and rescue services should have standards of dress policies in place, based on the requirements of local risk assessments.

Some personnel may be required to be available for fire and rescue emergencies whilst performing other work. Suitable arrangements should be made to ensure the safety of personnel when in transition from one role or activity to another.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop policy and guidance on wearing appropriate and safe clothing and footwear

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Wear footwear that is safe and appropriate for responding in the prevailing weather conditions
  • Wear clothing appropriate to personal protective equipment as identified by service risk assessment