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FIRE SAFETY – THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON

FIRE SAFETY – THE RESPONSIBLE PERSON

 

 

Who is responsible? That is the question...

Anyone who has some control over premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the likelihood of fire and ensure sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. If you are an employer or, have control over the premises or activities that take place on your premises, then you have responsibilities under the Fire Safety Reform Order 2005.

All commercial premises must have a legally designated person, responsible for fire safety. In the case of people who are not employers, but have control over premises, the extent of your responsibility, will depend on the extent of your control.

Responsible Persons, must work together to co-operate, co-ordinate and share information with others as far as is necessary to comply with regulations. Legislation RRFSO says that if you have control over a premise then you have a responsibility to everyone who might lawfully be on your premises.  This includes employees, visitors, contractors or members of the public. You must pay particular attention to people who may have a disability or anyone who may need special help.

The responsible person must address 14 key areas such as, Carry out a fire risk assessment and identify possible hazards and risks, fire safety arrangements, maintenance of all fire safety systems and equipment etc.

Fire safety legislation applies to you if you are..

  • Controlling a business premises
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises
  • Responsible for a part of a dwelling that is used for business purposes
  • A charitable or voluntary organisation
  • A contractor with a responsibility for any premises or maintenance of any premises, whether or not you own the premises
  • Providing accommodation for paying guests in any building where there is more than one

If you are an employer or have control over the premises or activities that take place on the premises, then you have responsibilities under the Fire Safety Reform Order 2005. All commercial premises must have a legally-designated person responsible for fire safety.

With offices based in Bristol and Bicester, and covering the surrounding locations of Oxford, Bath and Swindon, we will be happy to answer any questions you have about the above, just call us on either Bicester 01869 252600Bristol 01275 333336 or you can email us here.