What does this mean for my business?
The legislation fundamentally changed the way in which fire safety for businesses is carried out and enforced.
It provides for a risk-based approach to fire safety in non-domestic premises.
This allows more efficient and effective enforcement by the fire and rescue service.
Who does it apply to?
The Fire Safety Order applies to most non-domestic premises. It includes many businesses, such as:
What do I have to do?
The Responsible Person at the premises is responsible for carrying out a risk assessment to identify the risks and hazards, with fire safety officers enforcing the Fire Safety Order through audits.
Fire safety certificates are no longer issued.
If you are:
Responsible for your business premises
Self-employed with business premises
A charity or voluntary organisation
A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
YOU WILL be required to undertake a Fire risk assessment
It is your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training.
What am I responsible for?
The Responsible Person is responsible for:
Reducing the risk from fire as far as reasonably practicable
Providing general fire precautions
Taking additional measures where flammable or explosive materials are involved
Creating a plan to deal with emergencies
Our inspection programme
We have a database of over 32,000 non-domestic premises in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.
We adopt a risk based inspection programme targeting those premises that present the highest risk.
Preparing for an audit
If your business is audited you will be visited by a qualified fire safety officer who will follow a set procedure which is designed to establish your compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order.
Find out how you can prepare for your audit
Frequently asked questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive:
Where does the Fire Safety Order apply?
Do I need a fire risk assessment?
What are my main requirements/duties of the Fire Safety Order?
Do you run training courses on fire safety - for example use of extinguishers or how to complete a fire risk assessment?
Do I need to test my fire alarm/emergency lighting?
Do I need Fire Extinguishers?
To find out the answers and read more frequently asked questions please visit - Frequently asked questions
This year we are supporting a number of NFCC campaigns all aimed at protecting your businesses. We are also running many of our own campaigns all designed to give you usable information that can help you to keep yourself, your staff, your customers and your business safe. If you would like any more information about our upcoming campaigns please contact us directly or visit our Campaigns webpage.
Campaign Calendar 2021 (new window, PDF 122KB)
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