The owner, employer or occupier of the premises is in most circumstances responsible for ensuring and maintaining correct fire safety and procedures – this is the “responsible person”.
If unsure who is the fire safety “responsible person” ask the person in charge of to ensure that adequate and correct fire safety measures are in place.
The fire safety Responsible Person is required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is a need for a Fire Risk Assessment, to ensure the appropriate guidance and advice is followed and implemented and ensure ongoing that this assessment up to date.
Our experience is that often the actual Responsible Person is not aware of this role and their responsibility. Ignorance is no defence; the obligation is real and potentially far reaching and expensive. A Fire Risk Assessment is the start and rarely the company has the expertise or time to deal with this themselves, which must be carried out by The Competent Person (who should be competent with appropriate experience, knowledge and clear understanding, equal to the complexity of problems to be tackled.).
We advise anyone in this position to talk with Peninsula Fire Safety; we can provide the right advice covering all the relevant aspects, ensure best practice and create reassurance. Starting with our Fire Safety Management Audit (or whatever it is called) our advice is comprehensive, identifying potential risks, hazards and threats. We can then advise on solutions for what needs to be done, ranging from your potential fire equipment requirements through to creating appropriate policies and procedures and more. Ensure that you adopt best practice.
Companies need to recognise their significant responsibilities to their staff and visitors to their buildings; this is a key consideration of any Risk Register.
The cost of this professional advice is low; a small investment, certainly in relation to the potential outcome of non-compliance. However, the real value is to take every precaution to avoid a fire which is always disruptive but considerably more serious and extremely costly, potentially in more than monetary terms. Be a responsible employer, your staff and visitors expect it. Take your responsibilities seriously.
Peninsula Fire Safety, based in Barnstaple North Devon provide expert fire safety advice. “We act for numerous clients in and around North Devon.” explained director Jon Limer Director. “Our clients are in Barnstaple, Braunton, South Molton, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Lynton, Bideford and Westward Ho in North Devon, Bude in Cornwall, Exeter, Torquay, Tiverton, Taunton up to Bristol.” Whatever your fire safety challenges and wherever you are located please call us 01271 442 411; if we can help, we will.
Fire Safety Advice
Jon Limer | Director