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Ensuring that you are complaint with the regulations, to protect yourself, your staff and your business, is the primary responsibility of any business owner or employer and is a legal requirement.

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 exists to provide you and
your employees a safe environment to work in, ultimately to keep you all free from harm. The right prevention, protection and procedural measures could be the difference between an effective safety solution and serious injury.



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.

Your obligations

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.

Your responsibility
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


Get your copy of our at-a-glance guide to your fire safety obligations – ideal for sharing with colleagues.

Contact us today to arrange a comprehensive Fire Safety Survey or should you require any advice from one of our skilled consultants.