In England & Wales, if you are an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises you are responsible for fire safety and known as ‘the responsible person’.
As the repsonsible person there are certain things you must do under the 2005 Fire Safety Order which is enforced by your local fire authority.
The 2005 Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests as in bed and breakfast premises, guest houses or if you let self catering property.
As the ‘responsible person’ you must:
- Carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises.
- Inform your staff and/or their representatives about any risks you have identified.
- Put in place and maintain adequate and appropriate fire safety measures to remove or reduce the risks to life.
- Plan for an emergency.
- Provide staff information, instruction and training.
Non Domestic Premises include:
- All workplaces and commercial premises.
- All premises to which the public have access.
- The common parts of multi occupied residential buildings.
North East Safety Training Services are able to assist you with complying with the provisions of the Fire Safety Order by undertaking fire risk assessments, staff training and provision of all necessary documentation and advice. We can further assist by supplying any required fire safety signage and/or equipment identified in the risk assessment.
Fire risk assessments are carried out by our qualified fire safety consultants both of whom are ex operational fire officers with many years of experience of this work.
Fire Risk Assessment Information:
In 2010 the London Fire Brigade took action against Tesco following a fire in one of their stores in 2007. The action resulted in fines totalling £95,000 and costs of £24,000.
A Devon hotel owner was fined £50,000 for five breaches of the fire safety order leading to a serious fire.
A landlord has been jailed for 12 months at Leeds Crown Court following fatal fire in which two young people died. Alan Foster had undertaken no fire risk assessment and had failed to comply with notices served by the fire authority.