The introduction of the Fire Safety Order in October 2006 replaced all previous fire safety legislation aimed at non-domestic properties.
The new regulations now impose a number of duties that fall into 6 main categories:

  • Employers must undertake a fire safety risk assessment
  • Identify all necessary effective fire safety measures
  • Implement these fire safety measures to reduce risk
  • Establish a process to manage the continued control of the fire safety measures
  • Ensure the regular review of the risk assessment and fire safety measures
  • Record all findings

It is up to you to undertake Risk Assessments to ensure the safety of others, to comply with fire safety law and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place.
Government guides are available so that a responsible person should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment and know what, if any, additional fire precaution or prevention arrangements need to be in place.
More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment.
If having read the guides and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice.

Questions To Ask Yourself

  • Have you identified who could be especially at risk, and how to reduce the risk?
  • Have you planned what everyone will do if there is a fire?
  • Have you discussed the plan with all staff?
  • Have you informed and trained people?
  • Have you assessed the risks of fire in your workplace, and how to reduce the risk?
  • Have you protected your premises from accidental fire or arson?
  • How will everyone escape?

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Fire Risk Assessments in Hertfordshire

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In October 2006 (a year after its conception!) Fire Safety Laws in the UK changed, requiring all business owners to conduct a “Fire Risk Assessment”. The new rules affect all non-domestic premises in England and Wales replacing the Fire Precautions Act of 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulation 1997, or commonly known as the ‘Fire Regs’.

The Changes to the Fire Safety Law and Your Business

The review of Fire Safety Law places greater emphasis on fire prevention in all kinds of workplaces, from major factories to self-employed people with premises separate from their homes. More importantly, it places the responsibility for compliance with the order on the business owner with a self-conducted fire risk assessment, rather than as previously an arranged visit from the Fire Prevention Officer.

Who Is Responsible for Complying with the Fire Safety Order?

As the owner or occupier of the premises, or as the employer, the responsibility for compliance falls directly to you, the ‘responsible person’. The Fire Safety Order requires you to provide and manage, as part of your Health and Safety provision:

  • A Fire Risk Assessment
  • A Fire Safety Policy
  • Fire Procedures (such as evacuation)
  • Staff Training
  • Fire Drills
  • Means of Escape
  • Signs and Notices
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Doors and Compartments

Recording Your Fire Safety Procedures

If you employ more than four people, you must record the significant findings of your fire risk assessment as well as the following:

  • Fire Safety Policy
  • Procedures
  • Installation and Maintenance of Alarms, Emergency Lighting and Extinguishers
  • Training Drills

Do I Have to Do All This on My Own – And Run My Business?

No. – The Order requires you to appoint a ‘competent person’ to assist you in the delivery of all the above criteria and as such you will require a trained and knowledgeable person to carry out fire prevention duties including escape drills and overseeing maintenance of all fire fighting equipment.

Invariably this will mean training up a member of staff, or refreshing the skills of your existing Fire Officer or Warden.

Where Can I Find Quality Fire Safety Training For My Staff?

Global Detection Systems Ltd offer fire safety training courses that can be delivered at your workplace, please contact us for further details. All courses are run by fully trained and qualified staff who have first hand experience of various fire fighting techniques. Typically a course will cover:

  • Actions in the event of a fire
  • The Chemistry of Fire
  • Use of Fire Extinguishers (water, powder, foam and carbon dioxide)
  • Fire Precautions, Fire Alarms, Fire Safety Signs & Fire Safety Video

What Happens if I Don’t Comply?

Failure to comply may result in an Inspector forcing you to comply, or issuing a penalty, or possible imprisonment for up to two years. This is a serious act with serious implications.

Should there be any additional information you require with regards to the services or products Global Detection Systems Ltd provide, please contact us and we’d be happy to assist you.