Obligations for business owners
All employers and business owners are held responsible for ensuring fire safety on their commercial premises. It doesn’t matter how small or big the premises are, or if the business has sole or shared occupancy, they must meet the legal requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Business owners must safeguard and protect their workplace and the wellbeing of their employees. They must also share these obligations with other building occupants or their landlord.
This is because in most cases the sole accountability and responsibility for shortcomings lie with the business owner.
The fire safety legislation is complex, but businesses must conform with it, or risk ruining their reputation. We have great expertise and knowledge in fire safety compliances, and will guide and walk you through the legislation, so you have complete knowledge over your obligations.
As the person, responsible for everything that occurs on the business premises, you must implement proper procedural processes, which protect and inform all visitors and employees. The specifics will differ based on the type risk levels, hazards, and property type you occupy
What it means in practice
Conduct Fire Risk Assessment.
You must review this regularly.
If the building undergoes structural change or business use changes within the building, you must complete a new Fire Risk Assessment.
Get capable and qualified assessors for conducting Fire Risk Assessment
Set up a schedule for review, based on risk levels and your business
Record all findings in a manner that lets you demonstrate compliance
Inform all staff about all known risks, fire procedures, fire policy, and what actions they should take.
Offered training that is tailored for your business and premises
Use easy to understand signage for compliance in the workplace
Set up and maintain the correct fire safety measures.
Install fire alarms, suppression systems, methods of containment, fire extinguishers and more
Train your staff on how to use fire safety equipment
Regularly service and maintain the equipment
Have a proper plan for fire emergencies
Create a proper emergency plan
Give individuals roles and ensure they understand what they must do
Offer proper fire safety training to everyone.
Give professional training on fire intervention, protection, and prevention
Get fire wardens to deliver special training
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