If you’re an employer, landlord or anyone that has any degree of control over premises, then it is possible that you could be the ‘responsible person’. Being the responsible person, means that you have a legal duty to ensure that the correct fire safety equipment and procedures are in place and maintained efficiently to prevent fire and minimise risks to the premises and the people within.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to almost any type of commercial premises, including shops, schools, factories, offices, hospitals and more, regardless of size.
To ensure compliance with the Order, the responsible person is required to:
- Carry out a sufficient Fire Risk Assessment to identify risks, hazards and people that could be at risk.
- Evaluate the risks, record them and remove or reduce them where necessary.
- Ensure that fire detectors and alarms are installed and well maintained, with records kept.
- Review the Fire Risk Assessment regularly or if changes are made to the premises.
- Put appropriate fire safety measures in place and maintain them.
- Create an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
- Provide staff with the necessary information and fire safety instructions/training.
It is crucial that you remain compliant with fire safety regulations and respect your duties as the responsible person. However, if you feel that you are unable to complete the Fire Risk Assessment and ensure the correct measures are taken to remain compliant, then you can appoint a ‘competent person’ to help you, for example a professional risk assessor.
The cost of compliance is a lot less than the hefty fines and potential imprisonment for non-compliance. So, for Fire Safety you can trust, get in touch with the FIA approved Fire FM Team today on 01582 669500.