FIRE SAFETY LAW AND YOUR BUSINESS
Fire Safety Law – What it Means for Your Business
Fire safety law is a catch all term for the responsibilities your business has under legislation set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005 for the most part. Parts of other laws and regulations may also apply.
While this is essentially applicable to employers, it is also applicable to others who are in a position of responsibility for the safety of people in some way. For the purposes of the legislation, this fire safety law is primarily aimed at employers, and their obligations to employee safety.
What does Fire Safety Law Say?
In a nutshell, this law is centred on understanding of and compliance with three key elements.
The first of these elements is an understanding of the risks your business and staff face from fire. The second element maintenance of those measures in place to reduce the risk from fire. The third element is training and education of staff to ensure fire risk remains minimal, and no new threats are introduced.
The consequences for failure to meet the requirements of the legislation range from fines to imprisonment, with various measures in between such as prohibition notices (closure or restriction of your business), or enforcement notices which require you by law to make changes.
Looking at your fire safety law responsibilities in a little more detail, the process is about identifying the likelihood of fire occurring, awareness in everyone about what to do if it does, and about ensuring a means to react in some way should it break out.
Fire safety law is in place to provide remedies where any aspect of these three things is of less than adequate quality, or is not “suitable and sufficient” to give the legal definition.
AFSS can help with all aspects of your responsibilities. We provide cost effective solutions for each of the elements, which can be contained within one easy agreement – AFSS 360 Maintenance Plan.
The likelihood of fire breaking out is something which must be assessed, and if over five employees, recorded. Fire Risk Assessment, however, must be suitable and sufficient for the purpose. Our PAS 79 compliant Fire Risk Assessment will ensure the first of the criteria is fully met.
Maintenance, where fire safety law is concerned, is about the availability and ongoing condition of fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms. These things are all covered by British Standards, setting out the frequency and depth of periodic maintenance, as well as the standards they should conform to when first installed. Our maintenance plan ensures the second of the above criteria is fully met.
We offer Fire Safety Training which ensures staff are educated and instructed in fire safety, and are assessed at the end of each training session as competent in their fire safety responsibilities. This element meets the third requirement and taken with the other two, ensures you remain compliant with Fire Safety Law.
Fire Safety Law Experts
It makes sense, when the depth of knowledge really required and the cost of outsourcing this is considered against potential fines and charges, to use a professional company such as AFSS, who can help indemnify you against some of the pitfalls, and who offer a comprehensive service dealing with all of the required elements above.
AFSS have the skill, knowledge, and experience in Fire Safety to take the strain away, and we have expert support through various memberships to ensure we get it right every time.
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