Obligations for business owners
All business owners and employers are accountable for fire safety on their premises. It doesn’t matter what size the premises are or whether the business has shared occupancy or sole ownership, they must meet the legal requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Business owners must safeguard and protect their staff and workplace from the threat of a fire, and the building occupants and landlords must also be familiar with these responsibilities.
In most cases the accountability, and sole responsibility for any shortcomings, will lie with the business owner or employer.
The fire safety legislation is complex, yet all business must comply with it or shut down their operations. Hoyles have extensive knowledge in this area, which allows us to offer guidance and help businesses to fulfil their responsibilities and understand their legal obligations.
Business owners must assume responsibility for everything that occurs on their premises. This means you must out in place processes that protect and inform all visitors and employees. The specifics may vary depending on hazards, risk levels, and property type.
What it means in practice
Conduct regular Fire Risk Assessments.
Review these at regular intervals and, if the business use of the building changes or building undergoes structural change, you must conduct a new Fire Risk Assessment.
Get a qualified and capable assessor to carry out your Fire Risk Assessment
Set up a schedule for review, based on risk levels for your business
Record all findings in a manner that lets you demonstrate compliance
Inform all staff about fire procedures, fire policy, known risks and what actions they should take.
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 extinguishers, alarms, suppression systems, methods of containment and more
Train your staff on how to use fire safety equipment
Regularly service and maintain all fire safety equipment
Have a proper plan for fire emergencies.
Create a proper emergency plan
Assign individuals roles and ensure they understand their responsibilities
Offer proper fire safety training to everyone.
Provide professional training on fire protection, intervention and prevention
Deliver specialised training to Fire Wardens
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