On 1st October 2006, laws regarding Fire Safety were put into force in order to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace, as well as increasing knowledge on how to prevent a fire occurring. As a ‘responsible person,’ your duty is to comply with these standards and follow them regularly.
If you are the ‘responsible person,’ you have a legal responsibility to ensure each person in the building understands what to do if a fire breaks out, as well as having an understanding on how to escape the area in a safe manner.
As the ‘responsible person’ ensuring everyone gets to safety, you have a legal requirement to:
As well as the above, the responsible person also has a legal requirement to regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. If there are five or more people in the workplace, a written record of the fire risk assessment must be kept.
Quite simply, a fire risk assessment identifies exactly what needs to be done in the workplace to ensure everyone is kept as safe as possible.
A typical risk assessment includes:
Maintenance and testing are also key areas to comply with in order to prevent injuries and deaths occurring if a fire was to break out. The responsible person has a duty to ensure the following:
By following the correct protocol for Fire Safety in the workplace, you, your employees and anybody that enters the building will have a greater understanding of what to do if a fire breaks out. If you have an employee that is not able to leave a multi-storey building independently, an evacuation chair is a necessity to ensure they are able to escape safely from the building.
If you do not follow these fire safety regulations, you may be fined or even go to prison.
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