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The Duties of the Responsible Person

The Duties of the Responsible Person

Fire Legislation - Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (RRO) requires that, if you are an employer or a person having control over premises, you are responsible for the safety of everyone who might lawfully be on your premises.

This includes employees, visitors or members of the public in the immediate vicinity of your premises (i.e. at an open-air entertainment venue) who might be affected by a fire. The Responsible Person, either on their own or with any other Responsible Person, must do everything that is feasibly possible to make sure that everyone on the premises, or nearby, can escape safely if there is a fire. In particular attention to people who may have a disability or anyone who may need special help.

As a Responsible Person the points listed below should be managed and considered in regards to legal requirements on Fire Safety.

Responsibilities of the Responsible Person

  • Carry out or ensure that a suitable fire risk assessment has been carried out by a competent person and identify possible hazards and risks
  • Take general fire precautions
  • Principles of fire prevention are to be applied at all times.
  • Fire safety arrangements, fire safety policy and procedures should be in place.
  • Take account of those particularly at risk, i.e. very young people; those with special needs or disabilities; and people working with dangerous substances such as flammable liquids
  • Regularly review all these processes and amend if necessary
  • Ensure capabilities of employees who are given special tasks in terms of fire safety and fi re procedures, and provide training to all employees and others who may need it in taking into account the roles of each person in regards to fire safety (example fire marshals, fire wardens etc)
  • Maintenance of all fire safety systems and equipment
  • An effective fire emergency plan to be followed in the event of a fire
  • Take measures for fire fighting e.g. provision of fire extinguishers
  • Provide adequate means of escape in the case of a fire such as sufficient and suitable fire exits; fire doors and compartments; signs, notices and emergency lighting
  • Additional emergency measures in respect of dangerous substances
  • Eliminate or reduce risk from dangerous substances (chemicals etc.)
  • Provide suitable arrangements to warn people of a fire in the building such as, a Fire Detection and Alarm (FD&A) system