If you own or manage a business in the United Kingdom, you should make it a point to comply with the UK fire safety laws. The main law in this regard is the “the Fire Safety Order” or the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005. This law came into effect on 1st October 2006 and is applied across England and Wales. In fact, this law is enforced across all structures and buildings in England and Wales other than private homes such as individual flats in a block or family homes. On the other hand, the other areas that are covered by the law include blocks of flats, maisonettes, and shared areas in houses in multiple occupations (HMOs). This article provides information on the UK fire safety laws.
As a business owner or manager, you have certain responsibilities to fulfill under the fire safety law. In fact, you should ensure that your premise complies with the required standards stated by the law. Your employees should also be provided with adequate fire safety training to counter any type of fire threat in your office or commercial building.
What Does “Adequate Fire Safety Training” Means?
The meaning of adequate fire safety training may vary from business to business. But it should include:
- An induction training to provide fire awareness to your employees. All employees responsible for fire safety should have an awareness of what a fire risk is and how to prevent such a risk. On the other hand, even the employees who are not assigned any fire safety duties should be given an awareness of fire and how to steer clear of any fire risk in your organization.
- You should provide extra training or periodic refresher training as an when the fire risk increases in your premises due to certain