How much do you know about fire safety?
Are you clear on your legal duties? And if fire were to break out, are you 100% confident that you’d be covered?
At the Silver Group, we’re committed to keeping you safe. Legislation can be confusing if you’re not familiar with legal terminology. Let us help you break it all down into simple-to-understand guidance that’s practical and useful for you and your business.
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What is the current legislation governing fire governing fire safety in England and Wales?
Prior to 1 October 2006, understanding your responsibilities was more complicated. Now, you can find everything you need in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (which we’ll refer to as the RRO). That’s not to say it will initially make sense, but at least you know where to go for the most accurate, up-to-date legislation.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland there is similar legislation; the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.
Who is responsible for fire safety?
The Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) states that if you’re responsible for fire safety if you’re:
- an employer
- a landlord
- an occupier, or someone in control of, commercial or non-domestic premises
This role is described as the ‘responsible person’. You’ll see us refer to this term repeatedly on this website.
If you’re not sure who the responsible person is for your premises, give us a call and we’ll be able to clarify. We can’t stress how important it is that you get this right. Ignorance is no defence and we’re seeing ever-increasing penalties and prison sentences for those who flout the law.
What are my fire safety responsibilities?
If you’ve recognised as the responsible person for fire safety, do you know what you’re the responsibilities entail? We all the answers you need!
Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?
First, do you have a fire risk assessment? If you do, that’s great – but you should check it’s in date, and has been carried out by someone ‘competent’.
If you don’t have a fire risk assessment, you must arrange to have one conducted as soon as possible. You may be able to do it yourself, as long as you have the appropriate experience, i.e. are you a competent person?
Your fire risk assessment is just that – an assessment of the risk of fire in your specific premises. It should highlight how to mitigate those risks with fire safety measures. That brings us on to your next responsibility which is to implement the recommended safety measures as soon as possible. Thereafter, it’s your duty to schedule regular maintenance.
You should also let everyone in your building know what’s been arranged and offer training to those who require it by law.
What are my duties as the responsible person?
So, in summary, here’s a list of your duties as the responsible person:
- Conduct a fire risk assessment (or arrange for someone competent to conduct it)
- Put appropriate fire safety measures in place
- Maintain all fire safety equipment
- Inform staff of your fire safety procedures
- Have an emergency plan in place for when fire breaks out
- If necessary, arrange staff training (e.g. for fire wardens)
What is a competent person?
The RRO doesn’t define ‘competence’ in terms of who can or can’t carry out a fire risk assessment. While that might seem unhelpful, it’s for good reason.
Consider how different the fire safety measures might be for a residential care home vs a small coffee shop? It’s almost impossible to assess the competence needed to carry out a fire risk assessment because it varies according to environment.
If in doubt about competence, use a professional fire risk assessor. We can help point you in the right direction. Our fire risk assessors are fully qualified and accredited.
Does Silver Group offer other services?
We’re one of the UK’s leading fire safety suppliers but we combine this with other safety services, which makes us unique.
Our main service areas, other than fire safety, are smoke ventilation and security solutions (such as CCTV). Since we specialise in all three areas, we can integrate them in a way to suit your very specific needs.
For example, smoke ventilation is an important part of fire safety, so our ability to offer specialist expertise in both areas is a bonus for many of our customers. It’s common to assume that fire safety specialists are also experts in smoke ventilation. This is not true. Always check who you’re working with to avoid serious problems down the line.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES YOU MAY REQUIRE
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
It’s never too late to take care of your fire risk assessment. Without one, you are vulnerable to business disruption or worse still, prosecution, if a fire on your premises breaks out.
Fire Alarm installation
Fire alarm installation protects you and others from the serious risk of smoke and fire. With years of experience on our side, we can expertly guide you through the process.
Smoke Ventilation installation
Smoke is the largest cause of death in fire-related events. Installing a smoke ventilation system means you can fight fire from the outset, often before it’s detected by alarms or humans.
For sites which may be vulnerable, Site Secure is the ideal way to keep watch. The video cameras monitor your site and alert a remote monitoring station if there’s unwelcome activity.
Have an enquiry?
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