Fire Risk Assessments

All businesses must have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment carried out and their staff must undergo appropriate fire training.

You should now be aware of the new fire safety legislation that came into force on the 1st of October 2006. It is called "The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005".

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  1. Will it affect me and my business?
    Every business in the UK with a few exceptions will be affected.
  2. When did it come into force?
    It came into force on 01 October 2006.
  3. Who is now responsible for the fire safety in my premises?
    The responsible person at any workplace (see definition below).
  4. Who is responsible person to ensure that a fire risk assessment is carried out?
    The responsible person at any workplace (see definition below).
  5. Who should carry out the fire risk assessment?
    With all but the simplest of premises, the fire risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person (definition below).
  6. What if I fall to comply with the new legislation?
    It is possible that your insurance may become invalid and the responsible person could face a fine, imprisonment or both.
  7. What would happen in the event of a fire that results in death of anyone on my premises and it is proven I have not complied with the regulations?
    You could fall under the new Corporate Manslaughter and/or Corporate Homicide Act 2007 that came into force April 2008
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The government's definition of a responsible person, is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises (occupier or owner), or the person in control of the premises.

The government's definition of a competent person, is where he/she has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to carry out the required task.

For no obligation advice on fire risk assessments, click here to contact John or call him on (01553) 672236.

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