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Control measure
Safe person principles

Control measure knowledge

The operational environment can be a dangerous place, one where it may not be possible to establish controls over all hazards and where firefighters, their supervisors and commanders continue to encounter risks. A safe person in the operational environment will identify and communicate appropriate hazard information, significantly reducing the threat of injury and harm.

Unsupervised firefighters should remain acutely vigilant of their environment, in the event that they encounter unexpected or unforeseen circumstances they should be equipped to identify hazards, make an individual assessment of risk and select appropriate action.

See: Health, safety and welfare framework for the operational environment (DCLG) (Section 8)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Implement the safe person organisational responsibilities identified in 'Health, safety and welfare framework for the operational environment'
  • Provide all personnel with information, instruction and training on the safe person individual responsibilities identified in 'Health, safety and welfare framework for the operational environment'

Tactical actions

All personnel should:
  • Perform tasks in a competent and responsible way and exercise self-discipline within the command and control system
  • Recognise physical limitations in performing tasks and personal limitations in knowledge and experience
  • Be vigilant and able to identify and react safely to new or unexpected hazards
  • Reduce risk by taking action to reduce personal and team exposure to risk
  • Communicate safety critical information and unexpected developments to supervisors and commanders