Business Owners, Directors or a Managing Agents can face prosecution or even imprisonment for failing to comply with the Fire Safety Order.
The importance of Fire Risk Assessments?
Fire Risk Assessments are required to meet with The Fire Safety Order 2005 (UK Fire Regulations.) The fire safety order is aimed at simplifying the fire safety process, while at the same time placing a greater onus on a business owner to carry out fire risk assessments regularly. This means that the responsibility for complying with the Fire Safety Order rests with the ‘responsible person’ (i.e a business owner).
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In order to ensure that your organisation understands and complies with The Fire Safety Order 2005 there are several things you can do:
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Useful Technical and Legal Information.
Who is a Duty holder?
In a workplace this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, eg the occupier or owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible for fire risk assessments.
Please note; under these regulations there must be a legally-designated “responsible person” who must arrange for fire risk assessments, to identify any possible fire risks and deal with them.
The Duties of the Responsible person
The “responsible person” is an individual who has control, or a degree of control, over premises or fire-prevention systems within premises (this could even be a contractor in control of the fire alarm/protection system).
If you are the responsible person, you must ensure that everyone who uses/visits your premises can escape in the event of a fire.
It is YOUR responsibility, under law, to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment for YOUR business or premise’s.
It is NOT a responsibility or duty of the Fire Service to do it for you. You must also review it on a regular basis.
As with any risk assessment in this case fire risk assessment it needs to be suitable and sufficient to ensure the risks are clearly identified.
It is essential that the person conducting the fire risk assessment is competent to carry out the task and has access to relevant information and support. A competent person would be regarded as someone who is trained, experienced and skilled in fire safety.