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Control measure
Undertake pre-planning

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue authorities must have in place adequate plans, policies, risk assessments and procedures to protect their employees and others from harm. Strategic risk assessments must be carried out to identify significant hazards that may be present at incidents, identify appropriate control measures, set out safe systems of work, equipment, competencies and training.

Strategic risk assessments should consider human factors, that people can make mistakes, which may lead to an accident or an escalation of the incident. Fire and rescue services should develop systems that reduce the likelihood or impact of individual failure impacting safety.

See: The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out strategic risk assessments to identify foreseeable hazards within their area and identify control measures that eliminate or reduce risk
  • Pre-plan for operational responding personnel, which may include preparation on:

    • Awareness, risk factors and how injuries can occur
    • Carrying out safer working (for example good handling techniques for manual handling, hearing protection for noise)
    • Appropriate systems of work for the individual's tasks and environment
    • Using mechanical aids, additional equipment and/or protective equipment
    • Practical work to allow a trainer to identify and put right anything not practised safely (for example, initial training application, maintenance of skills and competence, training exercises)
    • Core, fitness or preventative techniques (for example, prevention of injury awareness)

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Implement appropriate control measures based on service risk assessment, procedures and training