Who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace?
Staying on top of fire safety is essential for any employer or landlord – you’re responsible for your tenants’ or employees’ health and safety, and Fire Risk Assessments are a statutory requirement under a variety of guidelines.
Laws are stricter for employers in all sectors compared to landlords, as The Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) imposes obligations on employers to have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of their employees in case of fire, even where others have obligations in respect of the premises. The Fire Safety Order 2005 and Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 also present additional obligations for employers. In terms of residential premises, The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 are aiming to improve fire safety in blocks of flats from a practicality point of view. Whatever your situation is, give us a call and we’ll guide you in the right direction!
If you’re responsible for the safety of others, you need to manage, prevent, or control any risks of fire, identifying and assessing the sources of that risk. This even includes risks presented by trespassers – for example, if poor security means someone can break in and a fire starts – there is a lot to cover!
You need to make sure you carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and keep accurate records of the findings. Because of the complexity involved in managing all the different aspects of health and safety legislation, many employers and landlords choose to use companies that specialise in fire safety services – like us – who can carry out a Fire Risk Assessment without any hassle.
The legislations and guidelines that that you must meet to ensure compliance are:
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- PAS 79 Fire Risk Assessment Standards
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- The Framework Directive (89/391/EEC)
- The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002
- The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
- Approved Code of Practice – Safety signs and signals (L64 – Third edition 2015)
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Why choose Bison Assist?
At Bison Assist, we’ve been providing Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Awareness training for dental practices, offices, doctors surgeries, warehouses, residential properties and other commercial premises since 2010!
We’re trusted by companies all over the UK to take the hassle out of fire safety, and to provide expert guidance in meeting fire safety regulations for all in the Bison herd.
Our team have undergone all of the specialist training and external risk assessments required to tick every box for fire safety, and can provide safety advice via phone at any time of the year, as well as one-off risk assessments.
We do more than just fire safety, too. As a full-service Health and Safety partner we can carry out Health & Safety, Legionella and Disability Access Assessments and more – all in one visit, with a multi-service discount.LEARN MORE ABOUT BISON ASSIST
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
A Fire Risk Assessment will vary according to the type and use of your premises, and the specific fire risks associated with them – but generally speaking, it involves a health and safety professional touring your site to identify hazards, and helping you put measures in place to eliminate or control them.
Our fire safety consultant will also take a look at your records to review previous assessments, support you on undertaking the recommendations from previous reports, and help you identify areas that require improvement.
Our goal is to give you practicable solutions and recommendations in line with the current guidelines – we keep up with the changes to legislation, so you don’t have to worry about it. We also take pride in being unobtrusive while we’re on site with you – so we’re not impacting your day-to-day operations.
Fire Risk Assessments should be carried out regularly – we will visit you once a year to ensure control measures are still effective, and to help you identify and manage potential new hazards.
When you’re part of the Bison Herd, we’re always on the other end of the phone if you need any advice!
The report you’ll receive from Bison following a Fire Risk Assessment will include:
Health & Safety Risk Assessments
We can carry out Health & Safety assessments at your premises – or across your entire property portfolio – either separately to or in conjunction with a Fire Risk Assessment.LEARN MORE
Fire Awareness Training
Take our Fire Awareness course via e-learning – ideal for business owners and landlords unsure of their responsibilities, and for arranging health and safety training in line with legal requirements.LEARN MORE
Our highly qualified risk assessment specialists can carry out multiple services such as Health & Safety, Fire Risk Assessments, Legionella Risk Assessments, Legionella Testing, and more – all in one visit, with a multi-service discount.LEARN MORE