Fire Safety plays a major part in our everyday lives. Wherever you go, procedures are in place to make all business premises a safe environment to visit and work in. It is a legal requirement to have fire equipment installed and maintained on a regular basis under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Ongoing checks and Risk Assessments must be carried out frequently by a competent person. This enables you to keep on top of any potential fire risks. For example, simply changing the use of a meeting room to a photocopying room would instigate a different hazard, from no fire risks to a possible electrical fire risk. You must also be very vigilant for other possible hazards such as blocked fire routes and exits, tampered fire extinguishers and fire doors etc.
Fire Safety Legislation
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies across England and Wales and came into force on 1st October 2006.
The Fire Safety Order applies to virtually all premises and covers nearly every type of building, structure and open space, such as:
- Offices and shops
- Community halls
- Premises that provide care
- Pubs, clubs and restaurants
- Factories and warehouses
- Tents and marquees
- Hotels and hostels
- Common areas of houses in multiple occupation
What does this mean for you?
You are legally obliged to comply with the Fire Safety Order where:
- You are an employer and have five or more employees
- A licence under an enactment is in force
- An Alterations Notice under the Fire Safety Order requires it
The Fire Safety Order places the emphasis towards risk reduction and fire prevention. Fire certificates are no longer issued.
Responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order rests with the ‘responsible person’. In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, for example, the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises, all must take all reasonable steps to work with each other.
If you are the responsible person you must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. It should pay particular attention to those at special risk, such as young people, the disabled and those with special needs, and must include consideration of any dangerous substance likely to be on the premises.
You will also need to produce an ’emergency plan’. Your fire risk assessment with Prestige ire Safety will identify risks that can be removed or reduced and help decide the nature and extent of the general fire precautions you need to take to protect people against the fire risks that remain.
Contact us today to discuss your fire safety needs and to ensure you meet fire safety legislation.