safety in the workplace is the employer’s
From the 1st October 2006
amendments to the Fire Precautions (Workplace)
Regulations 1997 come into force.
New requirements under the
revised regulations remove Fire Certification
under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and places
responsibility for a Fire Risk Assessment
on the employer, via a ’Responsible Person’.
The new law affects you if
- Responsible for business premises
- An Employer
- Self employed with a business premises
- A charity or voluntary organisation
- A contractor with a degree of control over
In order to maintain the existing
standards set by the expert Fire Service inspections,
a practiced level of expertise in fire safety
is required; this expertise is sometimes not
available in commercial and industrial organisations
due to organisational pressures and resource
TAS are able to provide a
cost-effective fire safety service which encompasses
a Fire Risk Assessment and recommendations
for fire safety improvements (if required).
The following topics would all receive consideration
during the process:
- Building structure and fabric.
- Sources of ignition.
- Detection and alarm systems.
- Fire fighting equipment.
- Fire safety equipment maintenance
and testing schedules and records.
- PAT testing schedules.
- Fire water run-off provisions.
- Provision for any disabled persons.
- Fire walls.
- Emergency lighting installation.
- Fire safety signage.
- Fire escapes.
- Travel distances.
- Location and control of any waste
- Corridors and staircases.
- Process activities and materials/substances.
- Control of combustibles.
- Means of escape.
- Ovens/heating processes.
- Emergency evacuation procedures.
- Electrical installation inspection
and test schedules and records.
- Anticipated response time of the
local Fire Service to an emergency.
- Hot Work Permits.
- Fire doors.
- Fire exit signage.
- Emergency lighting maintenance and
- Final exit doors.
- Number of people present.
- Shift work & out-of-hours work.
- Smoking policy.
- Switch-off at night policy.