Fire Risk Assessments – Greater Manchester
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies in England and Wales. It covers general fire precautions and other fire safety duties which are needed to protect ‘relevant persons’ in case of fire in and around most ‘premises’. The Order requires fire safety precautions to be put in place ‘where necessary’ and to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable in each set of circumstances.
The responsibility for complying with the Order rests with the ‘responsible person’. In a workplace, this usually is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, e.g. the occupier or owner.
In all other premises the person or persons in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises (e.g. a multi occupied complex), all must take all reasonable steps to co-ordinate with each other.
If you are the responsible person you must carry out a fire risk assessment which must focus on the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. It should pay attention to those at special risk, such as disabled persons, those who you know may have special needs, and children, and must include consideration of any dangerous substance that may be on the premises.
Your fire risk assessment will help you identify risks that can be removed or to an extent reduced and help you decide the nature and extent of the general fire precautions you may need to take.