Fire Safety Negligence vs. Naivety What You Need To Know – Albion Detection System
In fire safety terms, there is a fine line between fire safety negligence and naivety.
However, both could see you in hot water because of non-compliance to fire safety regulations.
Here we’ll take a closer look at all you need to know about fire safety negligence and naivety, and how to avoid the damage and dangers of falling prey to either.
Fire Safety At Work
Your workplace is full of potential fire hazards.
Unlike domestic properties, commercial buildings have a heavy footfall and often lots of different staff with conflicting ideas about how to safeguard the premises from fire risks.
This is why the law demands your fire safety is centralised, streamlined and practical, led by a designated responsible person who is responsible for aspects such as:
- Performing regular fire safety risk assessments, and recording their findings for continual improvement.
- Installing the correct fire prevention systems via accredited installers.
- Arranging fire protection maintenance checks at regular intervals.
The Legal Obligations
Legally, the responsibility for fire safety falls to the business or premises owner, and therefore it is essential this is taken seriously, as failure to do so could easily spiral into both expensive legal complications and even fatal accidents in the event of a fire.
Negligence cases can see companies stripped of their licenses, lose their premises, and be depending on the seriousness of the violation, could even lead to imprisonment.
There is lots of information available for those concerned about how to stay legal, so naivety, defined as accidentally breaching your legal requirements, is rarely accepted as a reasonable cause for a violation.
Your responsibilities extend beyond legality, and into protecting life.
How To Avoid Accidental Negligence
So, how do you avoid accidental negligence?
There are three steps all businesses must take to ensure they meet UK law:
1. Undertake Your Risk Assessment
This is an official document, stored alongside your Fire Safety Log Book.
The fire safety risk assessment is vital, as it is one of the first things a fire safety officer will ask to see should your premises receive an inspection.
Documenting your assessment means it’s always available as a reference point and source of continual improvement.
Each fire risk assessment must be reviewed regularly, and documentation is a legal requirement for companies which have more than five employees, require a licence, or is required under the instruction of your local fire brigade.
There are professional assessors who can help with this stage if required, though the assessor only needs to be confident in their own abilities and understanding.
Your responsible person must, therefore, be able to:
- Identify risk factors and those at risk in case of fire.
- Assess which fire safety measures could be put in place.
- Record the findings of the assessment.
- Implement suitable changes.
- Continually update the assessment for improvement.
This assessment outlines the main findings of your investigations, as well as the actions which must be undertaken to improve your company’s fire safety.
You can find official documents and guidance on fire risk assessments at the Gov.uk website.