The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 affects employers and those who are responsible for non-domestic, industrial, commercial and residential premises. As a business you are required to comply with this legislation.
If you are the Responsible Person (RP), you must make sure you carry out a fire risk assessment. If you employ 5 or more people, are a licensed premises or have been served an Alterations Notice, you must record the significant findings of your fire risk assessment.
The purpose of the fire risk assessment is to identify potential hazards and risks and those persons at risk, together with any control measures you may need to introduce or have to maintain. You can pass this task to a competent person, however you will still be responsible in law for meeting the order.
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