A quick guide to the Fire Safety Order

A quick guide to the Fire Safety Order

Under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005), the responsibility for maintaining fire safety in non-domestic buildings falls to the Responsible Person.
In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, for example, the occupier or owner.
In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises, all must take all reasonable steps to work with each other.
The Responsible Person must:
  • Ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is carried out and reviewed on a regular basis
  • Identify and record the fire hazards
  • Identify and record the people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or mitigate the fire safety risks
  • Prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly
 Part of this risk assessment and fire management plan must consider the safe installation, maintenance and inspection of fire doors.
The person responsible for fire safety in Scotland is called the ‘duty holder’, while in Northern Ireland they are known as the ‘appropriate person’. However, the duties of this person, regardless of country, are the same: to carry out the fire risk assessment and ensure the safety of anyone using their premises
 
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