Fire Safety Order – The Responsibilities Of Business Owners – Albion Detection Systems
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 that covers general fire safety in England and Wales is the benchmark standard for owners of commercial premises and under this law, carry a heavy burden of responsibility.
So when it comes to safeguarding their property against the risk of fire appointing a responsible person is a must.
Whilst reducing your fire risk is the responsibility of all staff when in practice, by law, this responsibility mainly lies with the property owner and manager.
Whatever the kind of commercial property, the occupiers are likely to simply presume your building is compliant with the latest health, safety and fire regulations – and it’s your sole responsibility as a business owner to ensure this is the case.
Fire Safety Order 2005
Breaching fire safety laws can mean serious consequences for your company – whether done intentionally through negligence or due to lack of fire safety know-how.
Keeping your building and its occupants safe at all times requires significant work and forward-planning.
Some of these elements are already present in the design of your building, in accordance with fire safety building regulation.
However differing premises have differing challenges, and older buildings, or those which cover a wide area or experience particularly heavy footfall, often experience even more stringent regulations and requirements in order to stay on the right side of the law.
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First and foremost, there are a number of elements which can and should be incorporated into your building’s design following the completion of your fire risk assessment.
These include crucial design features such as fire doors, fire extinguishers and fire alarms.
The number and complexity of these arrangements, and your need for further measures (such as sprinkler systems), will be dictated by each individual building, so calling upon experienced professionals is always advisable during the planning stage.