The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the law that covers general fire safety in England and Wales.
In Scotland, requirements on general fire safety are covered in Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, supported by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
As an employers (and/or building owners or occupiers) you're known as the ‘responsible person' and you must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date. This shares the same approach as health and safety risk assessments and can be carried out either as part of an overall risk assessment or as a separate exercise.
Based on the findings of the fire risk assessment, employers need to ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.
To help prevent fire in the workplace, your assessment should identify what could cause a fire to start, ie sources of ignition (heat or sparks) and substances that burn, and the people who may be at risk.
For in-depth information on the fire safety law please read the HSE page and the government's fire safety law and guidance documents for business pages.
As the responsible person you must:
carry out an assessment of the premises and review it regularly
tell staff or their representatives about the risks you've identified
put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
plan for an emergency
provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
The purpose of a fire risk assessment is to identify the fire hazards, identify people at risk, evaluate, remove or reduce the risks, record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training and review and update regularly.
The assessor will reference a question template when completing the assessment, here are examples of what can be found on the completed report.
Including responsible person, competent persons, floors, lifts, basements and stairwells.
Including fire fighting facilities, fire alarm system, extinguishers, fire blankets, fire hoses, sprinkler systems and extract systems.
Including sources of ignition, sources of fuel and sources of oxygen.
Including numbers of employees, guests, visitors, customers, contractors, patients and tenants and considerations made for mobility impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment, lone workers, elderly persons, language, substance abuse, cognitive disability and young persons
Including measurements and travel distances.
It is common for an assessor to use a matrix for calculating risk in their report.
Including any problems identified and recommendations for fixing.
A fire risk assessor may ask for documents or take photographs while on your premises.
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