It's nearly three years since new fire safety laws were introduced - The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Sounds like a heavyweight piece of legislation, and when you look into everything it covers, it is. But for your average business it's fairly easy to explain. You have to have done a fire risk assessment and acted on the findings.
Nine months after the Order was introduced, Aviva Risk Management Solutions (ARMS) carried out research among UK businesses. We found that over a third (36%) hadn't carried out a fire safety risk assessment and were therefore breaking the law.
More up to date figures* suggest compliance rates are still poor and that the Fire and Rescue Service is increasingly keen to prosecute firms.
As many as 40% of premises inspected by the Fire and Rescue Service last year were found to be "unsatisfactory." While many were dealt with informally, well over 4,000 faced some kind of enforcement action.
One company was recently hit with a record fine of £300,000 plus £45,000 in costs for breaching the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order.
If you're responsible for a business premises, you must check whether you're complying with the law. Have you done a fire risk assessment? Have you acted on the findings?
If you are breaking the law, do something about it. You could face a hefty fine. But worse than this, lives could be lost.