Managing fire safety in the workplace
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Managing fire safety in the workplace

The following Practice Management practice note produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Managing fire safety in the workplace
  • Fire safety assessment and planning
  • Your objectives
  • Key staff members
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Your fire safety measures
  • Measures and systems for the ongoing control of fire safety
  • Fire action procedures
  • Emergency evacuation and means of escape
  • Maintenance
  • More...

Managing fire safety in the workplace

You have a duty to take precautions to minimise the risk of fire in your workplace and ensure the safety of your employees in the event of fire.

There are no hard and fast rules about what fire safety provisions you are required to put in place. Smaller organisations may only need the minimum provision while other larger organisations or those with particular fire risks may require more resources.

This Practice Note provides practical information on managing and ensuring fire safety in the workplace. It covers fire safety in an office-based workplace. Other industry/premises-specific requirements may apply in different environments. Building regulations requirements in relation to fire safety are outside the scope of this Practice Note. For information about regulatory requirements relevant to fire safety in an office-based workplace, see Practice Note: Fire safety in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

Fire safety assessment and planning

Having in place a well thought out and accessible structure on fire safety can help ensure your organisation is managed effectively and efficiently.

To achieve this you should:

  1. identify what you want to achieve—your objectives

  2. identify key members of staff

  3. conduct a fire risk assessment

  4. assess your current measures and procedures

  5. justify what additional measures your organisation needs to implement and why—this may be incorporated into an action plan

  6. implement any necessary measures

  7. evaluate and review your measures and procedures

Your objectives

You

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