Every employer is responsible for fire safety at every premise under their control and must appoint a ‘responsible person’ for fire safety. The responsible person has to carry out a fire risk assessment and ensure an adequate level of safety in the event of a fire.
They are responsible for ensuring continuing fire safety including the provision of
- a suitable fire alarm system
- appropriate and sufficient fire-fighting equipment.
- the provision and maintenance of fire action signs
- fire escape routes, ensuring their integrity, that they are clearly identified and do not become obstructed
- fire doors and ensuring that they are kept closed and unlocked with smoke seals and intumescent strips in place.
- a fire action plan to be followed in the event of a fire or similar emergency,
- appointing fire wardens or fire marshalls where appropriate,
- fire safety information and training to the workforce
- Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for any disabled or vulnerable workers or building users.
- Fire safety planning and procedures must be tested regularly (usually twice a year) through fire practices and fire drills.
See also; Fire Risk Assessment; Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans.