Fire is one of the biggest causes of accidents and can cost you a lot if your workplace is damaged. Failure to comply with current regulations could mean being issued with an improvement or prohibition notice, fines of up to £5,000 for minor penalties, and unlimited fines and up to 2 years in prison for major penalties!
What regulations govern Fire Safety?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order was introduced in 2005, replacing old Fire Safety regulations.
Along with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order mean employers are required to be vigilant in managing fire safety in their workplace.
What are the requirements for Fire Safety?
To keep your workplace safe from fire and comply with regulations, you need the following:
• a fire alarm and detection system;
• defined and marked fire escape routes and fire doors;
• emergency lighting in corridors and staircases;
• flammable gasses and liquids stored in flameproof cabinets;
• relevant signs for persons to leave the building safely;
• warning lights for the hearing impaired and klaxons for the visually impaired, to alert them to fires;
• Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for all physically impaired persons;
• a Fire Risk Assessment for the premises.
Need advice on your Fire Safety?
Contact Deminos today on: 020 7870 1090 to book your fire safety consultation, or any other Health and Safety service you need.