Fire safety: a third of businesses are non-compliant

According to the latest government statistics, more than a third of non-residential premises audited last year by Fire and Rescue Authorities were not fully compliant with the Fire Safety Order.

Action was taken against 12,932 premises as a result of non-compliance with the order. The worst of these premises were licensed premises – only 52% of 8,200 licensed premises audited were satisfactorily compliant. 30% of 4,900 offices and 29% of 6,000 factories and warehouses, were also found to be non-compliant.

Only 3% of premises in England and Wales were checked last year. It’s quite possible that there are hundreds of thousands of non-domestic premises that are breaking the law, risking fines, potentially invalidating their insurance and most worryingly, endangering the safety of workers and the general public – these could include shops, factories, schools, offices, warehouses, restaurants, pubs and public buildings.

"Property owners/employers or whoever is ‘responsible’ need training to ensure they know and understand their responsibilities and how to comply with the legal requirements of fire safety." -

Neil Thompson - Fire Technical Lead

The areas in which premises were most commonly non-compliant were articles 9 – risk assessment; 14 – emergency routes and exits; and 17 – maintaining fire precautions.
       
“It is important that businesses have a robust fire risk assessment in place, and that this is conducted and completed by someone who is competent e.g. suitably trained and experienced. In many cases issues can be addressed with little or no cost – like ensuring fire exit routes are kept clear.
Suitable and sufficient training must also be key in fire safety management." said Neil Thompson (Fire Technical Lead) from Santia Consulting, he continued:

"Property owners/employers or whoever is ‘responsible’ need training to ensure they know and understand their responsibilities and how to comply with the legal requirements of fire safety.

Managers and supervisors also need training to adequately implement any management standards and controls identified within the fire risk assessment. Those tasked with the role of fire marshals need training in areas such as preventing fires and how to deal with emergency evacuation situations. In essence, most Fire and Rescue Authorities these days expect all employees should receive adequate training to ensure the general fire safety of the premises”.

Santia’s fire management solutions, delivered by senior ex-fire officers, ensure legal compliance and peace of mind for employers and property owners.

Our team of fire safety experts will help you find the right fire solution for your business, keeping people safe and your organisation protected. We can help formulate an action plan to address shortcomings to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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Post date: 08 Dec 2014

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