Fire safety legislation is in place to keep people, buildings and areas safe. However, the concept can seem a little confusing at a first glance. That’s why we have prepared a quick, concise and easy to understand guide to fire alarm safety law.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
With only a few exceptions to the rule, all premises which have a non-domestic purpose are covered by these regulations. The Order was established to make the previous laws simpler and easier to understand and follow.
A Designated Responsible Person
Every business has the duty to designate a person who is responsible for various duties related to fire safety. This person is referred to as the ‘Responsible Person’. The role of this designated person involves ensuring particular tasks are carried out and taking appropriate action to prevent fires and to prevent injury in the event of a fire.
The role of the ‘Responsible Person’ is a weighty and serious one. This being the case, it is advisable for the designated person to enlist the services of a professional fire safety company to ensure that they have the necessary skills, competence, plans and knowledge to fulfil their role.
The Fire Risk Assessment
This is the crucial base to protect any business. If a fire authority requests to see your property they will ask for this fire risk assessment, along with your Fire Safety Log Book.
If you have more than 4 employees your Fire Risk Assessment should be in written format. It is also requried to be in written format in any of the following situations:
– The premises needs a license.
– The fire brigade has issued an alterations notice stating that you must provide your Assessment in written form.
The Fire Risk Assessor
While the person who carries out the Assessment does not need to be a professional individual, they should prove themselves confident in the following areas:
– Be able to correctly identify causes of fire.
– Be able to identify the people who are at risk.
– Be able to assess and understand the appropriateness of the existing fire safety measures.
– Be able to assess the continual management of fire safety. This may include training staff and arranging fire drills.
– Develop and, where necessary, implement a fire safety action plan.
– Keep a record of all findings in relation to fire safety and update the Fire Risk Assessment on a regular basis.
Indeed, fire alarm safety laws can at first seem rather confusing and complicated. However, by understanding the role of the Responsible Person and the details involved in Fire Risk Assessments it is more than possible to make fire alarm safety law an easy topic to understand.
The crucial factor in such legislation is remembering that the safety of people and premises is involved. Whilst a business may not be required to seek professional assistance in setting up their fire risk procedures, the expertise and knowledge which such a professional can provide may certainly prove to be priceless.