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Are you compliant with fire safety and understand your responsibilities? Every employer or business owner must protect their staff, and business, while complying with fire safety regulations.

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 main purpose of the legislation is to ensure that business owners provide their employees with a safe working environment, which is free from all kinds of harm. Implementing proper protection, prevention, and procedural measures can save lives and prevent serious injury.



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.

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

Your responsibility
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


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

Get in touch with us for a comprehensive Fire Safety Survey today. Our skilled consultants can also provide you with proper fire safety advice.