This topic covers the legal requirements relating to fire safety in the UK. It includes the legal duty for carrying out a fire risk assessment to determine the appropriate level of fire safety measures. The topic also considers ways of preventing fires from starting.

Related information on evacuation and developing a fire plan can be found in the Fire Safety: Evacuation Procedures topic. Information on premises fire safety features can be found in the Fire Safety Building Design topic.

Employers' Duties

Employers have a general duty of care to provide a safe working environment.

They must:

  • undertake risk assessments to determine fire risks and the appropriate level of fire safety measures

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