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The Fire Safety Office's mission is "To deliver the highest level of fire safety advice and support to all stakeholders thereby protecting the University's people, estate and reputation from the possible consequences of fire."

Fire safety management is bound by the following factors:

  • the advent of total deregulation of fire law
  • the removal of traditional standards of fire cover
  • increased responsibility and accountability for managing fire safety arrangements
  • the need to demonstrate statutory compliance if challenged by the regulatory authority

The Fire Safety Office will help to prepare and assist you to comply with these requirements. We provide a full range of professional support and advice necessary to help you on all fire safety matters.

Contact details:-

Fire Safety Office
Estate Management
Laundry Farm
Barton Road
+44 (0)1223 337822

Further guidance and information about Fire Safety and our services is given below.

Fire Safety Regulations and Guidance

Government Legislation document

Department for Communities and Local Government guidance documents

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Ensure you know:

  • Your building emergency procedures
  • The location of your fire escape routes
  • The position of the fire alarm call points and fire extinguishers
  • How to raise the alarm if you discover a fire
  • The location of your assembly point
  • How to call the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Who your fire safety manager is

If you are in doubt, find out by asking your Departmental Administrator or Fire Safety Manager.

Fire Risk Assessment

The University of Cambridge is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of fire safety for all employees, students and others who may be affected by the University's activities. Using a five-step risk assessment outlined below will ensure these standards are upheld.

  • Step 1: Identify potential fire hazards in the workplace.

  • Step 2: Decide who (eg staff, visitors) might be in danger in the event of a fire in the workplace, or while trying to escape from it, and note their location.

  • Step 3: Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether your existing fire precautions are adequate, or whether more should be done to eliminate the hazard or to control the risks (eg by improving fire precautions).

  • Step 4: Record your findings and details of the action you have taken. Tell your colleagues about your findings.

  • Step 5: Keep the assessment under review and revise when necessary.

The Fire Safety Office will liaise with your department before compiling the initial Fire Risk Assessment. Departments then take ownership and review the risk assessment periodically. The Fire Safety Office will carry out routine audits.

Risk Assessments must be carried out as part of the fire safety management process and should include looking at the equipment used, the buildings occupied and the systems employed. Risk assessments must be reviewed at periodic intervals and carried out by competent departmental representatives.


Everyone in the University has a responsibility when it comes to Fire Safety.

We must all take reasonable care to ensure our actions do not compromise our own safety or prejudice the safety of others from the effects of Fire.

The University has a duty to provide suitable and sufficient training to all its employees upon induction and at periodic intervals thereafter.

The Health and Safety Division offers a wide range of standard courses and is pleased to tailor specific courses to suite departmental requirements.
For information about availability and booking arrangements please contact your Departmental Fire Safety Manager.

Standard courses include: [click here for further course information]

  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Fire Warden
  • Fire Manager's Choice
  • Use of Fire Extinguisher


There are a wide variety of documents providing advice, guidance and set procedures regarding fire safety.

Below are some useful documents:-

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

Fire Safety Log Book

Fire Safety Checklist

Please contact or phone 01223 (3)37822 if you are unable to locate the required information.