The UK government has recently introduced a new phase of fire safety reforms that will impact many businesses across the country. As a business or property owner, it's important to understand these new regulations and make sure your are compliant.
Some of the key requirements under the new regulations include:
Recording and Retaining Fire Risk Assessments
Businesses must now record their completed fire risk assessment in full.
Previously, only certain details had to be recorded.
Recording Fire Assessors
The name and organisation of any individual or company engaged to undertake the fire risk assessment must also be recorded.
Documenting Fire Safety Arrangements
Businesses need to record and demonstrate how fire safety is managed on their premises.
Accurate and up-to-date contact information, including a UK address, must be recorded and shared with other responsible parties and residents in multi-occupied buildings.
Cooperation Between Responsible Parties
Businesses must take steps to identify others who have fire safety duties in the same building and share relevant information.
When there is a change in occupancy, the departing business must share all relevant fire safety information with the incoming occupant.
In buildings with multiple residences, fire safety information must be provided to residents in an easily understood format.
Fines have been raised for certain offenses like impersonating an inspector or failing to comply with an inspector's requirements.
The purpose of these new regulations is to improve cooperation, information sharing, compliance and overall fire safety. As a business or property owner, it's essential that you review these new requirements and make any necessary updates to ensure you are in full compliance. Failing to do so could result in substantial fines or other penalties.
If you have any questions or need help getting your business up to date, don't hesitate to consult a fire safety professional. Staying informed and proactive is the best way to keep your business safe and avoid running foul of the new rules. With some minor adjustments, your company can continue operating smoothly while upholding the highest fire safety standards.