Given the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005, fire safety management has seen a dramatic shift. For all end users, such as building owners, installers, maintenance companies, etc. the new fire safety legislation places a heavy burden of responsibility on employers, when it comes to fire safety.
To put it quite simply, fire is an ongoing safety risk for businesses. It is understandable that a fire may not always result in a loss of life or health, although a major outbreak can seriously and significantly hamper daily business operations, adding to a business’s struggle to survive and remain competitive.
The Fire Safety Order 2005 has been put in place to provide a bare minimum safety standard within all commercial premises. If it is an office or workplace, for instance, it designates the main employer(s) as the Responsible person (RP). If any other individual within the workplace shares any kind of control, they may also have responsibilities under the Order.
If an individual is acting on the behalf of the RP, then he/she must perform specific fire safety duties, including the implementation of general fire precautions practices, ensuring that they are all satisfactory and up to standard, and also conducting a formal Fire Risk Assessment.
The 2005 Order for Fire Safety explicitly requires employers to take action in order to prevent fire outbreaks and protect their employees and all other relevant individuals from death and injury, in the event of a fire.
The Order 2005 applies to nearly all non-domestic buildings, structures and places. However, it does apply to specific domestic premises such as HMOs, maisonettes and blocks of flats.
To ensure that your premises meet the required standards for fire safety; and, employees are provided sufficient fire safety training.
Even though this may vary from business to business, it generally covers:
If you are legally responsible as a commercial premises owner or otherwise responsible in any way for running it, you must ensure that a Fire Risk Assessment is conducted by a competent individual. This is mandatory and involves identifying fire risks and/or hazards within the premises.
In addition, the designated RP must:
In order to know more about the Building Regulations compliance standards you need to meet as a building owner, and how we can help you comply 100% with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety 2005 Order, get in touch with us today.