Fire Safety Regulations Guide

Who Should Read This Guide?

This guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers and small business owners. It tells you what you have to do to comply with fire safety law, helps you to carry out a fire risk assessment and identify the general fire precautions you need to have in place.

It has been written to provide guidance for a responsible person, to help them to carry out a fire risk assessment. If you read the guide and decide that you are unable to apply the guidance, then you should seek expert advice of a competent person. More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment.

It may also be useful for:

  • employees;
  • employee-elected representatives;
  • trade union-appointed health and safety representatives;
  • enforcing authorities; and
  • all other people who have a role in ensuring fire safety in factories and warehouses.

Fire safety is just one of many safety issues management must address to minimize the risk of injury or death to staff or the public. Unlike most of the other safety concerns, fire has the potential to injure or kill large numbers of people very quickly. This guidance is concerned only with fire safety, but many of the measures discussed here will impact upon other safety issues, and vice versa. It is recognised that these differing safety demands can sometimes affect one another and management should consult other interested agencies, such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), where necessary to confirm that they are not contravening other legislation/guidance.

You can get advice about minimising fire losses from your insurer.

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