Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Who is Responsible for Fire Safety In The Workplace

Fire safety rules are different in Scotland and Northern Ireland this article is only relevant to the UK

If you’re reading this then it’s probably you. But to make sure lets clarify, if you are the owner, landlord or the occupier of a property used to carry out business activities then you are the person responsible for the fire safety within that workplace otherwise known as the “Responsible Person”

A place of business included guest houses, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments. self catering apartments. any place where business is carried out for profit or not

What are the duties of the person responsible for fire safety

  • Carry out and review on a regular basis a full fire risk assessment for the building in question.
  • Inform all relevant parties of the risk factors that have been identified by the fire risk assessment.
  • Set up a fire safety plan including
    • identifying risks from fire
    • Reducing those risks
    • Emergency Planning
    • Educating staff on fire safety in the workplace

Non-domestic premises are:

  • all workplaces and commercial premises
  • all premises the public have access to
  • the common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings
  • Shared premises
    • In shared premises it’s likely there’ll be more than one responsible person. You’ll need to co-ordinate your fire safety plans to make sure people on or around the premises are safe.

For common or shared areas, the responsible person is the landlord, freeholder or managing agent.

Penalties and enforcement

You could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations.
Local fire and rescue authorities inspect premises and can issue fire safety notices telling you about changes you need to make.

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