Obligations for business owners
All employers and business owners have a responsibility to ensure fire safety on their business premises. It doesn’t matter whether the business has sole or shared occupancy or what the size of the premises are, they must meet the legal requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Business owners must safeguard and protect their workplace, while ensuring the safety of their employees. The building occupants and landlords must also be familiar with these responsibilities.
In most cases the accountability and sole responsibility for any shortcomings lie with the business owner or employer.
Fire safety legislation is complicated, but no business can function without it. Businesses must comply or shut down. Fortunately, we have great expertise and knowledge in fire safety compliance and can help businesses fullfil their responsibilities by understanding their legal requirements.
The employer or business owner assumes responsibility for everything that occurs on the premises, which means you must create and employ a fire safety process, which protects and informs both visitors and employees. Some specifics may vary depending on risk levels, hazards, and property type.
What it means in practice
Conduct Fire Risk Assessment.
You must review this regularly.
If the business use changes within the building or the building undergoes structural change, you must conduct a new Fire Risk Assessment.
Get capable and qualified assessors to carry out your Fire Risk Assessment
Set up a schedule for review, based on the appropriate risk levels for your business
Record all findings in a manner that lets you demonstrate compliance
Inform all staff about fire policy, fire procedures, all known risks and what actions they should take.
Offer training tailored for your business and premises
Use easy to understand signs for compliance in the workplace
Set up and maintain the correct fire safety measures.
Install suitable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, methods of containment, suppression systems and more
Train your staff on how to use fire safety equipment
Regularly maintain and service all equipment
Have a proper plan for fire emergencies.
Create and record a clear emergency plan
Assign individuals roles and ensure they understand what they must do
Offer proper fire safety training to everyone.
Give professional training on fire prevention, intervention, and protection
Get Fire Wardens to deliver special training
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