If you are an owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises, you will be responsible for fire safety. You are known as the 'responsible person'.
As the responsible person you must:
- carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
- tell staff or their representatives about the risks you have identified
- put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
Stockton Building Control can help you with your responsibilities
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings.
We are normally employed either when a client does not have the necessary competence or when they do not have the time or resources to conduct the risk assessments themselves.
A competent person may be regarded as a person with sufficient training and experience, knowledge or other qualities, to enable them to carry the above defined task properly.
A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors - how people will respond to an emergency and whether they will take appropriate action.
In the case of a fire risk assessment aimed at satisfying the requirements of legislation, the objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building. While some of the recommendations we may make could also be beneficial to property protection, we would not be specifically addressing this or the objective of avoiding business interruption from fire. However, we do have the expertise to address these objectives, if required.
To ensure you fulfil your responsibility and for more information, please contact Building Control on telephone 01642 526022 or email [email protected].
Stockton Council Building Control complies with ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard.