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As a “Responsible Person” you must ensure that your premises comply
All “Responsible Persons” must ensure that a valid “Fire Risk Assessment” is undertaken and that its ‘significant findings’ are recorded, and most importantly that these findings are acted upon, in order to comply with the Fire Safety Order 2005.
Your building (or your part of a building) must have suitable and adequate general fire precautions. You must have commissioned a “Fire Risk Assessment” of your Building.
The purpose of a Fire Risk Assessment is to check that your buildings fire precautions as well as its physical layout and materials are “fit-for-purpose”, and that there are not unacceptable and uncontrolled risks and hazards to the users, visitors, and occupants of your (part of the) building.
Paul Womack & John Bone have extensive and recent experience of setting up and successfully managing ‘fire risk assessment’ systems. That have demonstrated satisfactory compliance with both the statutory duties (as laid out in the Fire Safety Order 2005) and the relevant fire safety standards, for buildings, such as those set out in PAS 79, ISO 9001, BS 5588, and more importantly your local Fire Authority’s expectations.
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Fire laws in England & Wales & Scotland
The Fire Safety Law and General Guidance
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect on 1st October 2006 and replaced over 70 older and separate pieces of fire safety law.
The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of all blocks of flats and all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
The FSO law applies to you, if you are:
· Responsible for business premises
· An employer or self-employed with business premises
· Responsible for the management and/or maintenance of the common parts of any building that contains Flats, and/or Maisonettes.
· Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
· A charity or voluntary organisation with business premises and/or Flats or Maisonettes
· A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
· You provide accommodation for paying guests (in a Hotel, Boarding House, Hostel, B&B, etc.)
· You are the appointed ‘agent’ for any building used by the above persons
· You are the ‘owner’ of a building used by any of the above persons
Under the FSO, the ‘responsible person’ must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire safety management plan.
Further information on what you need to do when carrying out a risk assessment is available. In addition, more detailed advice and guidance on the implementation of a fire risk management plan can be found in a series of guidance documents issued in 2005.
The technical guidance documents have been produced with specific types of business premises in mind.
Your premises general fire precautions will usually have to meet the rather complex rules of British Standards BS5588 Part 1 : 1990 (Dwellings) and/or BS9999 : 2008 (Non-Dwellings).
Note that the original or recent ‘building approval’ from your local authority issued under the Building Regulations, will often mean that the “as-built” general fire precautions may NOT be “adequate or sufficient” under the newer Fire Safety Orders’ legal duties and requirements.
Your local Fire Authority will not and can not carry out the fire risk assessment for you.
We believe that You will feel more comfortable employing a experienced fire safety specialist to help you. So let Womack & Bone LLP help you, to comply with the law and thus ensure that your buildings and their occupiers and users are safe.
Recently many Fire Authorities have begun to prosecute more breeches of the FSO as they say that this is now not a new law, and so all “Responsible Persons” should be complying with the FSO.
Are you Managing your Fire RISK Assessment processes so as to satisfy your fire authority ?