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Control measure
Fulfil legislative responsibilities

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue services need to understand their statutory duties and responsibilities relating to operational information. They should adopt a common methodology and approach to managing the identification, gathering, analysis, provision, audit and review of operational data.

This responsibility is specifically identified in a number of different elements of legislation (UK Fire and Rescue Service legislation, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations). A range of other legislation also places responsibilities on fire and rescue authorities regarding collecting, using, storing and sharing data.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure there are clearly defined strategic responsibilities for the development of policies and procedures
  • Manage operational risk information as part of an integrated approach to managing risk and ensuring safe systems of work for all employees
  • Take into account relevant legislation and available guidance and information when planning and undertaking risk management activities - the breadth of legislation that may affect the gathering, storing and use of operational risk information is wide-ranging and further guidance is published by Government or other agencies
  • Ensure they are involved in preparing, testing and exercising emergency plans in relation to any legislative requirements, such as the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations

Tactical actions

There are no tactical actions associated with this control measure.