Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work. Besides loss of life, fire costs UK business millions of pounds, from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums.
Many fires can be avoided by taking fire precautions. If a fire does break out, the effects can be reduced by having effective controls and procedures in place.
Fire safety legislation applies to all commercial premises and other buildings to which the public have access. It does not apply to private residential premises. The legislation allows businesses the flexibility to remove, reduce and manage their fire risks on the basis of the findings of a fire risk assessment.
Fire Risk Assessments – Who is responsible
In England and Wales, if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises, you’re responsible for fire safety and are known as the ‘responsible person’.
As the responsible person there are certain things you must do by law under the Fire Safety Order, which is enforced by your local Fire and Rescue service.