Legislation

As a person responsible for business premises you have an obligation to your staff and the people who use your building to ensure there are adequate fire precautions in place.

How will everyone escape?

As a person responsible for business premises you have an obligation to your staff and the people who use your building, to ensure there are adequate fire precautions in place. This includes having suitable risk assessments and emergency evacuation equipment in place.

Have you planned your escape route?

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a responsible person must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment on the building as part of the compliance and identify all appropriate escape routes for use in an emergency.

Have you made sure people can escape safely, even at night if necessary?

This means having the correct safety equipment in place, ensuring all emergency exits are clearly identified and emergency lighting is installed to aid escape in the dark or during a power failure.

Does all of your safety equipment work?

There is no point in having safety equipment if it is not in full working order. All equipment should be properly maintained and regularly checked and serviced by approved contractors.

Will people know what to do and how to use the equipment?

Ensure that all your members of staff are fully aware of the evacuation procedures and the designated people are fully trained on how to use the safety equipment. Refresher courses and practice sessions should be held on a regular basis.

 

How does legislation impact your business?

Fire Regulations – Regulatory Reform

Article 4 of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (general fire precautions). All employers and building owners must carry out fire risk assessments.

BS 9999:2008

Provides guidance and measures that enable disabled people to be assisted to safety in the event of a fire.

PUWER – Fit for Purpose Regulations

Work equipment must be adequately maintained and used by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training.

Corporate Manslaughter

This sets out a new offence for convicting an organisation where a gross failure in the way activities were managed or organised resulted in a person’s death.

Manual Handling

Regulation 5 of manual handling regulations require employees to make full and proper use of safe work systems introduced by their employer to reduce injury risks from manual handling.

Building regulations

Part B places the requirement upon the building owner to ensure compliance with full protection measures. Part M covers the requirement with respect to access to and use of buildings.

Health & Safety at Work Act: 1974

Employers must protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees as far as is reasonably practicable.

Equality Act 2010

Adjustments must be made to ensure that a disabled person is not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to persons who are not disabled,

Places of employment, schools, clubs, shops, offices and public buildings must provide adequate access and egress facilities for all persons with disabilities who may enter or exit a building.

Vicarious Liability

An employer can be deemed liable for the action of another, i.e an employee or a third party, and any subsequent accident at work.

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