Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, any fire risk assessment must be reviewed by the responsible person regularly so as to keep it up to date. This is for every non-domestic premises, including workplaces, places with public access, and common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings.
The responsibility falls to the employer, owner, landlord, occupier, and anyone else with control of the premises. That person is known as a "responsible person". It means that any failure to do can result in a fine or imprisonment of that individual.
The purpose is to ensure fire hazards are reduced as much as possible and that precautions are in place in the event of a fire. It will look at the safety of anyone who may find themselves affected, and ensures they can make a safe and swift exit.
So to make sure you're doing everything possible to protect life and property, you need a professional fire risk assessment.
An assessor will visit your premises and create a detailed fire risk assessment. It will then give you guidance on the best practices to follow in all areas of fire safety on your business premises.