You are responsible for fire safety in business all workplaces and commercial premises, all premises the public have access to and the common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings, if you’re:
- an employer
- the owner
- the landlord
- an occupier
- anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager or managing agent
If so, you’re known as the ‘responsible person’ and as the responsible person you must:
- carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
- tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
- put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
In shared premises it’s likely there’ll be more than one responsible person. You’ll need to co-ordinate your fire safety plans to make sure all people on or around the premises are safe. For common or shared areas, the responsible person is the landlord, freeholder or managing agent.
When building new premises or doing building work on existing premises, you must comply with building regulations. This includes designing fire safety into your proposals.