Did you know that many workplace fires are preventable? Sadly, many businesses never fully recover after experiencing a fire. The good news is that by taking simple steps to reduce risks and ensuring that your staff knows how to respond in case of a fire, you can keep people safe and protect the future of your business.
From 1 October new fire safety legislation (in England and Wales) comes into effect. This will mean that many businesses and building owners need to check if and how this affects them to ensure they are complying with the regulations.
The main changes are:
- All businesses will need to record a fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangements in full, regardless of the number of employees, and size or type of business.
- There are increased requirements for cooperation and coordination between Responsible Persons in multi occupied buildings or those where the occupier and owner are not the same person.
- In residential buildings with two or more domestic premises residents must be provided with information on the risks from fire and the fire safety measures provided to keep them safe.
As many businesses prepare for the festive season and face the ongoing challenges of the cost of living crisis, it's crucial for businesses to prioritise fire safety. Any changes you make to how your business operates can impact fire safety. That's why we urge you to review your Fire Risk Assessments to make sure they reflect any changes you've made.
Examples of changes that could impact fire safety:
- Change in staffing levels or working patterns
- Different way of operating, such as click and collect/online
- Supply chain issues, businesses taking delivery of delayed stock, stock piling materials for business continuity or changing consumer behaviour resulting in excess stock being held.
- Reduction of overheads impacting on servicing of fire equipment and/or business equipment
National Fire Chiefs Council - Business Fire Safety Awareness Tool
To help small business owners in understanding workplace fire safety, the National Fire Chiefs Council has developed an interactive tool called the Business Fire Safety Awareness Tool. This tool serves as an alternative learning resource, providing insights into fire risk assessment and fire legislation. While it does not replace professional training, it offers valuable information to enhance fire safety awareness.
Remember, taking proactive steps to maintain fire safety not only keeps everyone protected but also makes good business sense. Our Business Safety team is here to provide free help, advice, and guidance