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Every year many people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work. This is often as a direct result of inadequate assessment of the risk or failing to undertake remedial actions required, failure to implement suitable and sufficient maintenance regimes and management plans.

Fire Risk Assessment Chart

Fires cost UK businesses millions of pounds each year, from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and increased insurance premiums.


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and applies to all non-domestic premises in England, Scotland and Wales, including the communal areas of dwellings in multiple occupation.

The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 (FSR) came into effect in Northern Ireland on 15 November 2010.

The law applies to you if you are:

  • Responsible for business premises
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises
  • Responsible for a part of a dwelling which is solely used for business purposes
  • A charity or voluntary organisation
  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • Providing accommodation for paying guests

Under the FSO/FSR each organisation must identify and nominate an individual as the ‘responsible person’. The responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. It is the responsible person’s duty to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to eliminate the risk of fire on the premises.