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Why has my business got to have a Fire Risk Assessment?
The legislation covering fire safety in England and Wales is:
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
It was not enacted until October 2006, it replaced various other pieces of fire safety legislation and in particular The Fire Precautions Act 1971; any fire certificates issued under the 1971 Act ceased to have any effect.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (here after referred to as The Order) states that the responsibility of ensuring fire safety precautions are put in place in a workplace lies with the “Responsible Person” and defines that as “the employer and/or any other person who may have control over the premises, in a multi occupied building this could be the owner in conjunction with the employer”.
It further says that general fire safety precautions and other fire safety duties should be put in place to protect “Relevant Persons” in and around the premises. Relevant Persons include employees, customers, visitors, contractors etc.
If you are the “Responsible Person” The Order states that in order to identify what is needed you must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment.
The Fire Risk Assessment has to be carried out by a “Competent Person” and The Order defines that as “A person with enough training, experience, knowledge and other qualities”
The Order also states that if the organisation employs 5 or more people or it is a licensed premise then the significant findings have to be recorded as well as acted upon.
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Allan Rotchell is a fire safety consultant with over 30 years fire service experience prior to starting Fire Safety Net Ltd, he was a Divisional Officer in West Midlands Fire Service. Due to his qualifications and experience Allan is classed as a “Competent Person” and will carry out the Fire Risk Assessment on your behalf.
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