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This website will carefully guide you through Fire safety Legislation in the UK based on The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – what's often know as the 'Fire Safety Order'. Our clear aim is to distill all of the information you need to know in a clear and consice manner, helping you navigate through, and comply with what is often complex and difficult to understand Fire Safety Legislation in the UK

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fire safety
in the workplace...

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make the workplace a pleasant and safe environment for everyone to be in. You have a legal duty to ensure the premises are safe from fire, and that fire safety and emergency plans are in place should one ever occur.

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What about Fire Risk Assessments?

By law, if you are responsible for commercial premises, you need to make sure that a Fire Risk Assessment has been completed by a competent person. It's mandatory to carry out a detailed assessment identifying the risks and hazards in the premises. It must be recorded if you have a total of five or more employees. The responsible person for the premises is also required to...

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the law says 'adequate fire safety training' must be in place, what does this mean?

It varies from business to business, but generally includes:

  • Induction training to cover general fire awareness.
  • Periodic refresher training, or extra training where the level of fire risk increases as a result of changes in your operations.
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    Who is the responsible, competent and relevant person for fire safety?

    Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the terms “Responsible Person”, ”Competent Person”, and “Relevant Person” are introduced. If you’re not sure who in your organisation is responsible for fire safety or are unsure as to your duties, read more to stay informed, safe and in control.

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    fire safety legislation

    Fire safety legislation in the UK can sometimes feel confusing and even contradictory. Below we provide a simplified guide to the UK’s current fire safety laws. Click a link for more detailed information.

    • Your Fire Risk Assessment

      All businesses must have a Fire Risk Assessment.  This is the cornerstone of fire protection in your business and, along with your Fire Safety Log Book, is one of the first things that a fire authority inspecting officer will ask to see if they inspect your premises.

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    • Fire Extinguishers

      UK fire safety legislation states that you must provide “appropriate fire-fighting equipment”. This usually means portable fire extinguishers, but some higher-risk businesses may also need hose reels or sprinklers. An example of a higher-risk business would be a restaurant.

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    • Fire Safety Signs

      In some cases, fire safety signs are often overlooked by business owners but in fact all businesses will need at least 2 signs (a Fire Action Notice, and an Extinguisher ID sign) and quite probably more, to be legally compliant.

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    • Fire Alarm Systems

      A fire alarm system may not be needed if you are operating your business out of a small premises, such as a shop, where you are able to see a fire developing, and a shout of FIRE would be heard throughout the premises.

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    • Emergency Lighting

      UK fire safety legislation stipulates that emergency lighting is required in buildings for the purpose of providing light if normal lighting fails during a fire.

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    • Fire Safety Training

      Your entire team should know what to do in the event of fire and new employees must be shown what to do when they join your business.

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    • Your Emergency Plan

      Learn about how to create an emergency plan so your people know what to do if there's a fire.

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    • Landlords and Tenants

      If you are a landlord you – and your letting or managing agents – both have a legal duty to keep the people who rent your property safe from fire through the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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