Who is the Responsible Person and what are the responsibilities?

When the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on 1st October 2006, it required the responsible person to provide and maintain sufficient fire precautions, applying to premises such as schools, hospitals, offices, factories, hotels and more. If a business employs more than 5 people, then it is essential that the responsible person ensures that any duties imposed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 are complied with in respect of the premises. Failure to comply can result in prison time or substantial fines, not to forget that the premises would leave people at risk in case of fire.

So, who is the Responsible Person?

The responsible person for fire safety within a business or other non-domestic premises can be the owner, employer or anyone else with control of the premises, such as a facilities manager or risk assessor. Companies do not specifically appoint the responsible person, as it can be an employee by default, if it is within the virtue of their job. However, in most circumstances, the responsible person is the owner of the premises, unless stated otherwise, then it would naturally fall to the employer.

So, what are the responsibilities?

  • To carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of the premises and have it reviewed regularly or when changes are made to the premises.
  • Inform staff or representatives of risks that have been identified within the property.
  • Ensure that appropriate fire safety measures are put in place, well maintained and upgraded when needed.
  • Create a plan in the case of an emergency.
  • Ensure that staff are aware of the plan in case of an emergency as well as general fire safety instruction and training.

If you are unsure of your responsibilities as the Responsible Person, then get in touch with the professional team at Fire FM today on 01582 668500.