Fire Safety In The Workplace

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is planned to come into effect in October 2006 and will replace or combine over 100 existing pieces of legislation that deal with fire safety.

The new law applies to all non domestic premises and places a duty of care on either or any combination of the Employer, the Occupier or the Owner as the Responsible Person to appoint a Competent Person whose duty it is to carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises, the risk of fire from the operations that are carried out in the premises and the people who work in the premises.

Although best practice states that it would be better if the Competent Person is an employee this legislation recognises the fact many small and medium sized businesses do not have the resources in time or money to have an employee committed full time to this work and therefore allows for the appointment of third party assistance to complete the Fire Risk Assessment.