Fire Safety at work for the New Year


    This blog has been put together to ensure you double check your fire safety practices at work once the New Year sets in.

    Who's responsible

    You’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:

    - an employer
    - the owner
    - the landlord
    - an occupier
    - anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor
    - You’re known as the ‘responsible person’

    If there’s more than one responsible person, you should work together to meet your responsibilities.

    The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, for example if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.


    As the responsible person you must:

    - carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
    - tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
    - put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
    - plan for an emergency
    - provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

    You can read about how to make sure your premises are safe from fire.

    Non-domestic premises

    Non-domestic premises are:

    - all workplaces and commercial premises
    - all premises the public have access to
    - the common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings

    Shared premises

    In shared premises it’s likely there’ll be more than one responsible person. You’ll need to co-ordinate your fire safety plans to make sure people on or around the premises are safe.
    For common or shared areas, the responsible person is the landlord, freeholder or managing agent.

    Alterations, extensions and new buildings

    When building new premises or doing building work on existing premises, you must comply with building regulations. This includes designing fire safety into the proposed building or extension.
    Read the fire safety building regulations.

    If you’re looking for fire safety equipment for your home, visit:

    T: 0330 999 2233

    References: GOV.UK

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