Welcome to the Alpha Fire Risk Consultants website. This website will provide you with jargon free information to the Fire Safety Legislation and how it affects you.
It will also provide the Scottish Executive's Legislation of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the changes that were made on the 1st October 2006.
The Fire Safety Law
The Fire Safety Laws in Scotland have been consolidated into one piece of legislation, known as the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.
The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 seeks to ensure the safety, in the event of fire, of persons (whether they are employees, residents, visitors or others) by setting out the duties and responsibilities of persons in respect of fire safety.
Basically anyone who has control to any extent of the premises will have some responsibilities for ensuring that those occupying or visiting the premises are safe from harm caused by fire.
The Act affects owners, employers, employees, managers and others occupying non-domestic and some domestic premises; anyone with control, to any extent, of premises will be required to take steps to prevent fire and mitigate the detrimental effects of a fire on the premises.
How It Affects You
The main change to the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, part 3, is that as an Employer with business premises, it is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT to have a Fire Risk Assessment carried out and regularly reviewed to identify the potential for fire to occur in the workplace and cause harm to employees and other persons in, or in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?
A Fire Risk Assessment is an organised and methodical look at the premises, the activities within the premises,
the potential for a fire to occur and the harm it could cause to the people in and around the premises. The existing
fire safety measures are evaluated and kept under review to establish whether they are adequate or if more requires to be done.