Following the latest revision of our popular eBook A Guide to Workplace Compliance we are launching a number of short blogs highlighting each essential section. In this blog we look at key fire safety compliance concerns.
The Law: Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
As a statutory instrument, the Order places the responsibility on businesses to carry out constant fire risk evaluations in the workplace. Businesses are expected to constantly evaluate risks associated with fire and seek to eliminate them upon discovery.
The Order places duties on employers to reduce the risk of fire in their workplaces. This downloadable 5-Key Point Checklist from GOV.UK is available to Facilities and Building Managers as a guide to the minimisation of fire risks in the workplace.
Key fire safety compliance concerns
Between April 2015 - April 2016 there were 303 fire fatalities in England (statistic obtained from the Fire Statistics Monitor).
Few things hold more potential for destruction to property and lives than fires. The best approach to mitigating the risk and potential damage caused by fires is a concerted policy of prevention.
5 Key steps to a best practice preventative approach
- Perform regular risk assessments.
- Educate occupants.
- Create a policy.
- Test your equipment frequently.
- Consult an expert.
How can you keep your building compliant?
As a Facilities, Maintenance or Building Manager, keeping up to date with the laws and regulations that govern the workplace is an essential part of the important job you do. Acts, Regulations and Statutory Instruments work in conjunction to bring about a framework of good practice within which you and your business can work to meet your obligations to provide health and safety in the workplace.
To find out more about best practice for fire safety and what is required to ensure your workplace environment meets today's requirements, download our eBook - A Guide to Workplace Compliance. Within this eBook is some useful information on gas, electrical, air and ventilation safety as well as other areas of workplace compliance. There are checklists for you to follow highlighting, with easy reference, what your responsibilities are.