Obligations for business owners
All business owners and employers are responsible for fire safety on their premises. Whether the business has shared occupancy or sole ownership, or whether the premises are large or small, they must meet the legal requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
In all cases business owners must protect and safeguard their workplace, while ensuring the safety of their employees, however you may share these obligations with a landlord or other building occupant.
In many cases the sole responsibility and accountability for any shortcomings will remain with the business owner or employer.
Fire safety legislation is complicated, but no business can function without it. To not conform could leave your business and reputation in tatters. Fortunately, we have extensive knowledge in fire safety compliance and can help businesses understand their legal requirements and fulfil their responsibilities.
The business owner assumes responsibility for everything that occurs on the premises, which means you must create a safe process which informs and protects both employees and visitors. These specifics will vary depending on the property type, risk levels and hazards faced.
What it means in practice
Conduct Fire Risk Assessments regularly.
If the building undergoes a structural change or the business use changes within the building, you must conduct a new Fire Risk Assessment.
Get a qualified and capable assessor to carry out your Fire Risk Assessment
Record all findings in a manner that lets you demonstrate compliance
Set up a schedule for review, based on the risk levels for your business
Inform all staff about known risks, fire policy, fire procedures and what actions they should take in the event of a fire.
Offer tailored training for your business premises
Use easy to understand signs for compliance in the workplace
Set up and maintain proper fire safety measures.
Install fire suppression systems, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, methods of containment and more
Train your staff on how to use all fire safety equipment
Regularly service and maintain all equipment
Have a proper plan for fire emergencies.
Create a proper emergency plan
Assign individuals roles and ensure they understand them
Offer proper fire safety training to everyone.
Give professional training on fire protection, intervention, and prevention
Deliver specialised training to Fire Wardens
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