Who is responsible for meeting the order?
How you comply
A responsible person must carry out fire risk assessments although it is advised to get a professional safety consultant to perform the task. However, no matter the case you will still be responsible, in law, for meeting the order. The task can be taken by the person on their own or with any other individual. As practical as possible insure that everyone on the premises, or nearby, can escape safely in case of a potential fire.
The difference from previous legislation’s is that everyone who may be on your premises must be taken into consideration, this includes employees, any visitors or members of the public, for example, an open air venue. Particular attention should be made to people with disabilities or need special care. Authorities no longer issue certificates and previous persons will no longer have legal authority due to the order stating you must manage your own safety plan. Despite this any fire certificates you have could be useful as a starting point although you still must carry out a regular safety assessment.
Your premises may have been built in line with modern building regulations, if so your structural fire precautions should be satisfactory. A fire risk assessment should be carried out and insure you keep on top of all fire precautions and routines. A safety consultant such as ourselves would ensure you comply with this.
Premises we cover
Below are premises that our consultants perform assessments on.
- Office and Shops
- Factories and Warehouses
- Sleeping Accommodation
- Residential care homes
- Educational premises , schools ,colleges
- Public houses , Restaurants , Cafes , Village Hall , Community Centres
- Large places of assembly , Large night clubs, museums ,libraries ,churches
- Theatre , Cinemas ,Concert halls
- Open Air Events , theme parks , zoos, sporting events
- Health Care premises , hospitals , doctors surgeries , dentists
- Transport premises , airports , railway stations , bus and coach stations
About a Safety Assessment
As of October 2006 the Fire safety law changed introducing the Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) order 2005. Any previously held certificates are now no longer valid due to the requirement for businesses to have 5 certificates being terminated. Below is information that may concern you if your organisation employs 5 or more people.
What you must do
- Identify any possible dangers and risks by carrying out an risk assessment
- Put who may be especially at danger into consideration
- Making sure to eliminate hazards or reduce as reasonably possible
- General precautions must be implemented to deal with possible hazards
- If flammable or explosive materials are in use take measures to make sure there is protection
- A plan is always great to insure emergencies are dealt with correctly and recorded
- Insure all findings are reviewed
5 steps of how an assessment works
Identify all obvious fire hazards
– e.g. how fires could start, potential flammable materials.
People who may be at risk
– e.g. employees, visitors, and any particularly vulnerable people such as children, elderly and disabled people.
Evaluate risks and act
– Remove and reduce any risks found from steps 1 and 2 to secure people and your premise
Record, plan and train
– keep a record of what risks you identified and what actions you have taken to reduce or remove them. Make a clear plan of how to prevent fires and,
should one start, you will keep people safe. Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a emergency and if necessary that they are trained
for their roles.
– regularly review your assessment to ensure it remains up to date and reflects and changes that may have occurred.