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July 2017

Fire Risk Assessments – the Legal Obligations

The purpose of carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment on your premises is to ensure that the people who use the premises will be safe in the event of a fire breaking out. Under the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the “Fire Safety Order”) those people who own, rent or manage business or commercial premises (including the common areas of residential blocks of flats) need to consider fire safety and are deemed the designated Duty Holder or Responsible Person. The Fire Safety Order applies to all non-domestic premises.

The Duty Holder/Responsible Person has various fire safety obligations in connection with carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment. If the Duty Holder or Responsible Person is not sufficiently competent to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment themselves then they must ensure that the Risk Assessment is carried out by a Competent Person.

Updated Fire Risk Assessment Form Templates

Simply-Docs has reviewed its fire safety documents to make sure that they follow current best practice and are relevant to the various industry sectors.

We have updated all of our Fire Risk Assessment forms into a new, easier to use format. The new ones are also more comprehensive, and include all of the changes to the requirements on surface mounted conduit or trunking, the updates to consumer units as well as the newest changes to the emergency lighting requirements.

Fire Risk Assessments should be reviewed ‘regularly’, so now is a good time to update your current risk assessment using the new format template.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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