Legislation to improve fire safety in non-domestic premises in Scotland is now in force. Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act requires anyone who manages, operates or has safety obligations for non-domestic premises to take steps to prevent and minimise the impact of fire. This includes owners, employers, employees, managers and other occupiers. Similar legislation is in place within other parts of the United Kingdom.
Fire certificates are abolished under the new system – with existing certificates becoming invalid. Instead, the new fire safety regime will be based on the principles of risk assessment and the requirement to both prevent fire and reduce its detrimental effects, to protect human life.
FIOR can assist with guiding you through the process. Why FIOR? We are members of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) where we are the first company in Scotland to be awarded Approved Centre Status.
The new legal duties relating to non-domestic premises seek to achieve safety through seven general requirements.
- Carrying out a fire safety risk assessment of the premises
- Identifying the fire safety measures necessary as a result of the fire safety risk assessment outcome
- Implementing these fire safety measures using risk reduction principles
- Putting in place fire safety arrangements for the on-going control and review of the fire safety measures
- Complying additionally with the specific requirements of the fire safety regulations
- Keeping the fire safety risk assessment and outcome under review
- Record keeping.
- This will apply to fire safety in a range of premises including: care homes, offices and shops, sleeping accommodation, factories and warehouses, places of assembly and entertainment, hospitals, educational premises, outdoor events, and the transport network.
FIOR can provide a comprehensive and cost effective service to you that will embrace all the requirements of legislation, we are aware of the difficulties imposed on management by legislative change, requiring persons to have a comprehensive knowledge of fire safety matters. Our service will provide a risk assessment, training and advice to the highest standards.
FIOR’s preferred approach in engaging with clients in the potentially high risk arena of fire safety service is to engage as a ‘one stop shop’ service offering and delivering the following programme to the highest standard.
- Assess and audit the clients’ current approach to fire safety
- Undertake a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment
- Deliver a prioritised action plan to resolve identified issues
- Brief and support those members of staff identified to resolve issues within the Action Plan
- Provide Basic Fire Safety Awareness and Fire Warden training to staff
- Audit progress with the delivery of the Action Plan at 6 and 12 month stages
- Review Fire Risk Assessment on an annual basis
Information for B & B and Hotels
If you operate a bed & breakfast or guest house then you need to understand your responsibilities in regard to fire safety legislation which affects your business.
At FIOR our experienced and approved experts can risk assess your premises (including the provision of a prioritised action plan) & train you & your staff in one visit for an all-inclusive fee of £250 + vat. Contact us for further details or see ‘related documents’