As shown on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 ‘the meaning of “responsible person” is as follows:

In this Order “responsible person” means –

(a) in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;

(b) in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a) –

(i) the person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking (for profit or not); or

(ii) the owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Click here to read The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We would advise reading this document as it provides valuable information on what being a ‘responsible person’ means and what is required from that person.

In short the responsible person must ensure the safety of employees and other relevant persons by managing:

  • Fire safety policies and procedures
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fire drills and regular checks
  • Means of escape
  • Fire Alarms and Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Doors and Compartments
  • Fire Extinguishers and Signs
  • Maintenance of fire protection and procedures

The responsible person has a considerable duty and if you are the responsible person it is essential that you take your responsibility seriously as you will be liable if you are not following correct procedures.

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