If you have been inspected, investigated or face prosecution under fire safety law, our experienced solicitors can help. We also advise on what preventative measures you should take to avoid any future legal action against you or your business.
A ‘responsible person’ has a duty to comply with legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Every non-domestic building has a responsible person, which is either the employer of a business, the main occupier, or the person in control of the premises.
Fire authorities will serve formal notices if they conclude that there is a serious risk to life and that specific improvements must be made upon inspection. This might mean that your premises are placed under restricted use while work is carried out. This action could be carried out by the fire authority, local council or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
It becomes a criminal offence if you fail to fulfil any of the following duties listed under the order:
Take general fire precautions, such as:
- Measures to reduce the risk of fire
- Measures in relation to the means of escape
- Ensuring that the means of escape can be safely and effectively used
- Make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
- Ensure that premises are equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment
- Ensure that emergency exits from premises and the exits themselves are kept clear at all times
- Ensure that employees are provided with adequate safety training
Failing to comply can result in significant fines, custodial sentences and serious damage to your reputation. Contact us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form if you have any questions regarding your responsibilities or if you face action under fire safety law.
How JMW Can Help
We will ensure you remain compliant with fire safety law and understand all your obligations as a named ‘responsible person’ for your premises. We will protect your interests in the event of enforcement action, to minimise the impact on you and your business.
Our experts in professional regulation and corporate compliance are based in both our London and Manchester offices to provide legal assistance to businesses and individuals around the country.