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Fire Safety Management

Published by Safety Net Team

August 8, 2023

Evidence suggests that poor management practices have contributed to many significant fires. As such, good management of fire safety is essential to prevent fires from occurring and to ensure that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely, or that, if a fire does occur and grow, everyone in the premises is able to escape to a place of total safety easily and quickly.

The responsible person or dutyholder is legally required to make and implement arrangements for planning, organising, controlling, monitoring and reviewing preventive and protective measures as this topic describes.

Employers’ Duties

The responsible/appropriate person or dutyholder has duties under the relevant regulations, which are the:

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 / Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 / Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

Under the relevant regulations, the responsible/appropriate person or dutyholder must:

  • take such general fire precautions as necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of any relevant persons
  • take such general fire precautions as may reasonably be required in the circumstances of the case to ensure that the premises are safe
  • undertake a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to relevant persons to identify the general precautions to be taken
  • implement any preventive and protective measures on the basis of risk avoidance and reduction
  • ensure that premises, facilities, equipment or devices are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair
  • appoint (and co-operate with) one or more competent persons to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures required
  • provide appropriate information, instruction and training to relevant persons
  • co-operate with others who may share the premises.

Employees’ Duties

Employees have duties under the relevant regulations, which are the:

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire (Scotland) Act 2005/ Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

Under the relevant regulations, all employees must co-operate with the responsible person/employer to ensure the workplace is safe from fire and its effects, and must not do anything that will place themselves or other people at risk.

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