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Whether you’re an employer, an owner, or an occupier, you are responsible in law for the fire safety of your premises and any occupants. You may have joint responsibility if you’re in a multi-occupied building but the same level of accountability still sits on your shoulders. It’s important in these circumstances, therefore, that you take all reasonable steps to co-operate and co-ordinate with those who are also responsible. There is no passing the buck…
How do you ensure you meet your responsibilities?
Firstly, you must carry out a fire risk assessment and record any significant findings. We recommend you contact us to carry out the assessment as we know what to look for, how to mitigate any problems and we are recognised as having the necessary experience, skills and training to be deemed "competent" to provide a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment. If an assessment is not completed or even found to be insufficient and you are inspected by the relevant authority, subject to their findings, its possible improvement or restriction notices may be issued that will require you to make certain changes within a set period of time. You might even find that the use of part of your premises is restricted until the issues are sorted. Failure to comply with the law or any notice issued is an offence and may result in prosecution.
Secondly, you must ensure the assessment process is followed up and maintained. Once a fire risk assessment has been completed, to remain compliant you must ensure that it is reviewed at regular intervals by a competent person, someone with the necessary skills and training. It may also be necessary for a review to take place if there is reason to believe the original assessment is no longer valid. Examples of when this may be the case are:
- If new hazards have been introduced.
- If the building has undergone significant changes.
- If there has been a ‘near miss’ event.
By carrying out these reviews, you are able to show an enforcing authority, your insurer, and your occupants, that you are being pro-active in your approach to fire safety and take your responsibilities seriously.
Thirdly, you must ensure the safety of all relevant persons on your premises at all times by providing them with adequate training in fire safety and fire equipment use, which must be updated and refreshed at regular intervals. The premises must also be provided with adequate fire precautions where necessary such as, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, fire doors etc… with these precautions being subject to suitable systems of inspection and maintenance.