Duties for business owners
All business owners and employers have a responsibility to ensure fire safety on their business premises. The size of the premises doesn’t matter, or if the business has shared or sole occupancy, they are required to meet the legal requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Business owners must protect and safeguard their workplace, while ensuring their employees are safe. The landlords and building occupants must also be familiar with these duties.
In most cases the sole responsibility and accountability for any shortcomings lie with the employer or business owner.
The fire safety legislation is complicated, but no business can function without it. Businesses must comply or shut down. Fortunately, we have great knowledge and expertise in fire safety compliance and can help businesses understand their legal requirements, so they fulfil their duties.
The business owner or employer is responsible for anything that happens on the premises, which means you need to create a safe process, which informs and protects employees and visitors. Some specifics will be different, based on the property type, hazards, or risk levels.
What it means in practice
Conduct Fire Risk Assessment. You must review this regularly. If the building undergoes structural change or business use changes within the building, you must complete a new Fire Risk Assessment.
Get capable and qualified assessors for conducting Fire Risk Assessment
Set up a schedule for review, based on risk levels and your business
Record all findings in a manner that lets you demonstrate compliance
Inform all staff about all known risks, fire procedures, fire policy, and what actions they should take.
Offered training that is tailored for your business and premises
Use easy to understand signage for compliance in the workplace
Set up and maintain the correct fire safety measures.
Install fire alarms, suppression systems, methods of containment, fire extinguishers and more
Train your staff on how to use fire safety equipment
Regularly service and maintain the equipment
Have a proper plan for fire emergencies.
Create a proper emergency plan
Give individuals roles and ensure they understand what they must do
Offer proper fire safety training to everyone.
Give professional training on fire intervention, protection, and prevention
Get fire wardens to deliver special training
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