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Fire Duties

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)


You must provide your employees with clear and relevant information on the risks to them identified by the fire risk assessment, about the measures you have taken to prevent fires, and how these measures will protect them if a fire breaks out.

You must consult your employees (or their elected representatives) about nominating people to carry out particular roles in connection with fire safety and about proposals for improving the fire precautions.


You must co-operate and co-ordinate with other responsible persons who also have premises in the building, inform them of any significant risks you find, and how you will seek to reduce/control those risks which might affect the safety of their employees.


Employees must co-operate with you to ensure the workplace is safe from fire and its effects, and must not do anything that will place themselves or other people at risk.


You must consider the presence of any dangerous substances and the risk this presents to relevant persons from fire.


You must ensure that the premises and any equipment provided in connection with fire fighting, fire detection and warning, or emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance, and are maintained by a competent person in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good.


You must provide appropriate information, instruction and training for your employees, during their working hours, about the fire precautions in your workplace, when they start work and from time to time throughout the period they are employed with you.


You must appoint one or more competent persons, depending on the size and use of your premises, to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures required by the Order.


A competent person is someone with enough training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to be able to implement these measures properly.

Health & Safety Consultancy, Information & Management


You must, before you employ a child, provide a parent with clear and relevant information on the risks to that child identified by the risk assessment, the measures you have put in place to prevent/protect them and inform any other responsible person of any risks to that child arising from their undertaking.



You must inform non-employees, such as students and temporary or contract workers, of the relevant risks to them, and provide them with information about who are the nominated competent persons, and about the fire safety procedures for the premises.


You must provide the employer of any person from an outside organisation who is working in your premises (e.g. agency providing temporary staff) with clear and relevant information on the risks to those employees and the preventive and protective measures taken.


If you are not the employer but have any control of premises which contain more than one workplace, you are also responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Order are complied with in those parts over which you have control.

You must establish a suitable means of contacting the emergency services and provide them with any relevant information about dangerous substances.



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