The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into effect on 1st October 2006, followed
by the Manslaughter and Homocide Act, amendments and additions to the Disability
Discrimination Act, Disability Equality Duty legislation and Health & Safety; new
environmental laws and the Bribery and Corruption Act.
These Acts place significant responsibility on owners/tenants/ employers and building
occupiers to implement a robust fire and safety management regime. Based upon the
principle of risk assessment and written policies, which now supercedes previous
legislation and certification, a ‘Responsible Person’ must be appointed to produce,
implement and review these policies.
Compliance now requires a more detailed and systematic approach to risk assessment
and safety management. This includes elements regarding in-built structural protection,
life safety systems and escape provision in the event of a fire or an emergency incident.
The identification of hazards, people at risk, the maintenance of safety equipment
and systems; including the need for an emergency plan together with staff instruction
and training, are necessarily the coordinated and cooperative responsibility of owners,
tenants, employers, the appointed ‘Responsible Person’ and all employees.
YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE:
Were an incident to happen that occasions harm to person and/or the environment appertaining
to your business premises and area of responsibility, the likelihood is that blame
will be proportioned and compensation and restitution will be sought. Duty of care
and negligence will be scrutinised and where found wanting, action will be taken
against you and your company. It is worth considering that a criminal offence cannot
be insured against and, in certain circumstances, corresponding criminal action will
be taken against the individual and/or those held responsible.