Many fines can be avoided by taking adequate fire precautions within your premises. If a fire does break out, the effects can be minimized by having effective controls in your workplace.


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) came into operation for England and Wales on 1st October 2006 and will assist the UK's 3.7 million businesses with their legal requirements to undertake a FRA.


In Scotland, new fire safety regulations made under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 became statute in April 2006.


The RRFSO places the responsibility on ALL employers to carry out a FRA within their premises, including the effect a fire would have on all persons within those premises including staff, visitors and contractors. Passers-by also have to be considered in the FRA.


Each individual business, company or organisation will be responsible for their own fire safety.


The employer must conduct a FRA regardless of the size of the risk; staff fire training, fire warden training and the provision of fire safety management plans, fire logbooks and maintenance of fire safety precautions.


The identified 'Responsible Person' (RP) would therefore take full corporate liability. The 'RP' could be one of the following:

1. Employer with control of a workplace;

2. Person with overall management of a building;

3. Occupier of premises; or

4. Owner of premises (e.g. empty buildings). 


The RRFSO also places emphasis on business continuity and containing and preventing the spread of small fires. 


Extended scope of consideration now includes property safety, fire-fighter safety and the environment around the site as well as just protecting life.  This means that allowing a building to be sacrificed is unacceptable due to the risk to neighbouring buildings and fire-fighters.


The 'RP' has a duty to protect the fire and rescue service and ensure that all competent staff complete fire training and fire warden training as appropriate.


If you own/operate licensed premises, e.g. public houses, clubs, hotels, restaurants, etc. these changes may be more immediate than for others. The licensing authority will be the Local Authority and not the Police.


All new licensees, prior to the issue/approval of a licence, will have to produce proof and documentation that they have written policies, procedures, risk assessments, management plans and training programmes governing for example fire, health and safety and asbestos safety.


An existing Fire Certificate is NOT a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) and will not satisfy current fire safety legislation. 


As an employer of 5 or more employees you are required to conduct a FRA and you must record any significant findings. 


AJM Fire Risk Assessment Services can work with you and your business, company or organisation to ensure that you fully comply with this important legislation.  



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