Obligations for business owners
If you are a business owner or an employer, you are responsible for fire safety in your commercial premises. No matter how large or small the premises you occupy, or whether you have sole or shared occupancy, you have an obligation to meet legal requirements under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
In all cases, it is up to you to safeguard the well being of your employees and their place of work. You may well share these obligations with a landlord or another building occupant.
However, in many cases, you will find that you are solely responsible – and solely accountable for any shortcomings.
The legislation that surrounds fire
safety is complex, however, to not conform could leave your business and reputation in tatters. With our knowledge and expertise, we are here to help and guide you through it, from understanding your role to implementing solutions.
As the responsible person for your premises, you’re required to put certain processes in place to protect and inform your employees and visitors. These specifics will vary depending on your hazards, risk levels and type of premises you occupy.
What it means in practice
Conduct a Fire Risk Assessment.
Review this assessment at regular intervals.
Should there be structural change to the building or the business use within the building alters, a new Fire Risk Assessment will be required to be completed.
Get a qualified and capable assessor to carry out your Fire Risk Assessment
Record the findings in a format that you can use to demonstrate compliance
Define a schedule for review, dependant on your business and risk levels
Make staff aware of the fire policy, fire procedures, all known risks and what actions are required to manage these.
Provide training that is tailored to your premises and business
Use clear, compliant signage in your workplace
Implement and maintain appropriate fire safety measures.
Install fire extinguishers, methods of containment, fire suppression systems, alarms and more
Train staff on the appropriate use of these solutions
Service and maintain all equipment on a regular basis
Plan for an emergency.
Design and record a clear emergency plan
Assign roles to individuals and make sure they understand what is required of them
Provide adequate fire safety training.
Get professional training on prevention, protection and intervention
Deliver specialised training to Fire Wardens
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