Written fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangements.
From 1 October 2023, NEW fire safety legislation has come into effect which will impose new duties on ALL businesses and buildings owners.
The main changes introduced by the legislation are:
- You will need to record both your fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangement in full, regardless of the size or purpose of the business or premises.
Enhanced requirements for cooperation and coordination
- In multi-occupied premises, or buildings where the occupier and building owner are different entities, there are increased requirements for cooperation and coordination between responsible persons.
Provision of information to residents
- In residential buildings with two or more domestic premises, then the responsible owner must provide residents with information on the risks from fire within their building and the fire safety measures provided to keep them safe.
It is a legal requirement to have a Fire Risk Assessment and not implementing the correct fire safety precautions can result in prosecution, severe fines, or even a prison.
Poole BID will be hosting a number of workshops beginning 2024 (dates tbc) with presentations from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in order to support you in complying with this new legislation and therefore please look out for the dates and times in our forthcoming newsletters. For any further information and In the meantime, please find the first of our ‘Festive Five Fire Risk Assessment Modules’ to guide you.