21 Sep 2017
Business Business School
All businesses are familiar with the fact that they must consider and adhere to Health and Safety regulations. But many may still be in the dark about their obligations when it comes to fire safety.
In May 2017, The London Fire Brigade issued a record fine of £250,000 after a fire broke out in apartment block. The property owners, along with an estates management company, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Regulator Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and sentenced at a London Crown Court.
In the incident 13 people were rescued, 8 fire engines called and 60 fire fighters were on hand to tackle the blaze.
The London Fire Brigade discovered a number of failings that included a lack of alarms and detection systems in the building and communal areas, no fire risk assessment place for the buildings and the doors to the individual flats provided inadequate protection to the escape roots.
The judge also said that both companies were aware of the failings but chose to ‘put their heads in the sand’ and that the building was an ‘accident waiting to happen’.
Private landlords have a duty to their tenants to take necessary fire safety actions, and that includes owners of commercial properties which are occupied by businesses.
St Helens Chamber offers full day, Fire Safety courses designed to develop a basic fire safety and competency in specific fire safety roles. These include fire wardens, marhsals or stewards. On the course, you will learn how to ensure legal compliance, how to protect people and premises and to develop confidence in your emergency team. The course is nationally accredited and you will receive a certificate.
For more information on Fire Safety courses at St Helens Chamber click here or call the events team on 01744 742028.