Commercial Fire Safety Consultancy

Commercial Fire Safety Consultancy

Assisting employers and duty holders to understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities in accordance with the health and safety legislation

Your duty to manage the risk of fire

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has placed a responsibility on duty holders to manage fire safety within premises under their control. This has interlocking duties with other health and safety legislative requirements such as the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and the Management Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions needed to comply with the requirements. This should include applying the principles of fire risk management, current benchmark standards for fire mitigation, methods of detection and warning, suitable means of escape and the provision of adequate information, communication and training. The assessment should be completed by a competent person and the findings should be documented.

Where it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate identified risk, the responsible person must, so far as is reasonably practicable, you must apply measures to control the risk and mitigate the detrimental effects of fire.

The assessment must be reviewed by the responsible person regularly as to keep it up to dates. The risk assessment should be subject to review following incident or near miss, following significant change, or annually – whichever is soonest.

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