A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement – YES …. However it should not be just another tick in the health and safety box, just another drain on your resources that you could do without ….. NO!
A fire risk assessment keeps you and your staff safe and protects your [...]
The fire safety (regulatory reform) order came into force on the 1st of October 2006. The major shift was to place ‘Responsibility’ firmly with the business owner. It is true that English legislation talks about ‘The responsible Person’ but at the end of the day that virtually always turns out to be the [...]
On the 1st of October 2006 the Regulatory Reforms (Fire Safety) Order came into place and repealed a multitude of previous fire-safety legislation. Yet it is estimated that over 60% of UK businesses are not fully compliant under the act. However pointing to a neighbouring business should a fire or a near miss hit you [...]
UK fire safety legislation requires that adequate fire safety training is provided. Therefore if you have extinguishers then those people who are allowed and expected to use the extinguishers must receive adequate training.
So what etype of extinguisher training course should you choose? Well if budget is no no object then the best [...]
The Fire Safety Order is clear that where extinguishers are provided then fire extinguisher training must be provided too. Most people would agree that hands-on training is the ideal. However the ideal can prove difficult and expensive to implement for the average business.
A more pragmatic view therefore may be that any training (e.g. [...]
When it comes to fire alarm design it is amazing how many trades, professions and professionals just don’t get it. Firstly there is the misconception that the designer will choose the category of the system – Wrong! It’s not their job. The choice of system category is ultimately that of ‘the responsible person’. They [...]
For UK businesses what legally represents ‘Fire Extinguisher Training’?
What is clear under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is that when you provide extinguishers for your staff then they must be trained to use them. Training must take place on induction to the company and [...]
Although the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order has been in place since October 2006 it is amazing how many UK business owners pose the question “What are fire risk assessments?”
Many people remain blissfully unaware of their legal responsibility to carry out a fire risk assessment or undertake an insufficient assessment. One of the [...]
The ‘Fire Safety Order’ requires that commercial premises carry out a fire risk assessment to determine the risk to people from fire. Legislation also requires that measures are taken to keep people safe from fire whilst on those premises.
In simple premises it is quite likely and practical that the owner or duty [...]
I can hear every architect, surveyor, plumber, electrician, and comms provider shouting ‘What a stupid idea!” And as an ex-fire alarm engineer I can fully understand that viewpoint.
Utilities would take a deal longer to install if risers were not placed inline on every floor. Cables and pipes would have to snake [...]