Fire Risk Assessments


New Fire Safety Order

From October 2006 the new Fire Safety Order will require you to carry out the following:


  • Carry out a full Fire Risk Assessment of your workplace, you must consider all your employees and all other people who may be affected by a fire in the workplace. You are required to make adequate provision for any disabled people with special needs as well.
  • Identify the significant findings of the Fire Risk Assessment and the details of anyone who might be especially at risk in case of fire.
  • Provide and maintain such fire precautions as are necessary to safeguard those who use your workplace.
  • Provide information, instruction and training to your employees about the fire precautions in your workplace.

You are responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the fire regulations are complied with in the building that you have control over.


  • Where it is necessary to safeguard the safety of your employees, you must nominate people to undertake any special roles which are required in your emergency plan.
  • You must consult your employees about the nomination of people to carryout special roles.
  • You must establish a suitable means of contacting the Emergency Services and ensure they can be called easily.
  • The law requires your employees to co-operate with you to ensure the workplace is safe from fire and its effects and not to do anything that may place themselves or others at risk.

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