Comprehensive Fire Risk Assessments.
Every "Responsible Person" (employer, owner, occupier, leaseholder or hirer) has a legal duty to carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises, to the extent that they have control. This duty is set out under Article 9 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The Fire Safety Order 2005 covers all premises except private dwellings and identifies "Responsible Persons" who must comply with the Order, by the careful management of general fire precautions.
The Purpose of a Fire Risk Assessment
Through the fire risk assessment they must adhere to necessary fire safety regulations and take reasonable precautions to avoid the risk of fire occurring, and to ensure in the event of a fire so that no employee, visitor or member of the public is placed at risk.
If you employ 5 or more people or if a license is in force the risk assessment must be recorded and any documentation must be available for inspection by the Fire Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.
Research indicates that up to 80% of businesses have not yet addressed this matter and are operating in breach of the Law.