If the Landlord Does Fire Drills, Will They Take Care of Everything Else?
According to the Fire Safety Order of 2005, the responsibility of providing and maintaining fire safety precautions lies with a designated ‘responsible person’. Who acts as the responsible person is highly dependant on the context of the workplace. Read on to find out more.
Where employees operate in premises owned by the business, identifying a responsible person is relatively simple; it will most likely be the employer’s responsibility to take care of fire safety as they have control of the building. They will be responsible for assessing the risks in the event of a fire, planning safe escape routes and installing emergency lighting, ensuring a suitable fire detection system is installed and maintained, ensuring doors can easily be opened in case of an emergency and for ensuring all emergency equipment is subject to a suitable system of maintenance. These are just some of the responsibilities of a responsible person.
In the case of a rented premises, it can be a little more complicated identifying an appropriate responsible person. Because the employer may not have full control of the premises, they sometimes may not be able to act as a responsible person and so the landlord of the premises has the responsibility of overseeing fire safety. However, the landlord can sometimes stipulate in the lease that the tenant must take responsibility for some or all aspects of fire safety. Therefore, this means that, even though the landlord takes care of the fire drills, it may be your responsibility as an employer to look after other areas of fire safety. The best way to check this is to check your lease and see what responsibilities it places on you.
Either way, it’s good practice to make sure your employees safely evacuate the premises and inform the building owners in writing of concerns you have.
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