Businesses encouraged to have their say on fire safety enforcement

The Government is currently urging all business owners to have their say on fire safety enforcement and how they think practices can be improved, as part of a new Focus on Enforcement campaign.

Small and medium business owners are the key targets of the campaign, which aims to gather evidence from companies on how fire safety enforcement is being carried out by fire safety officers visiting business premises.

Input on all issues relating to fire safety is welcomed, with businesses being encouraged to feed on their experiences of fire safety inspections and enforcement. Business owners can also have their say on the fire safety training they need to comply with regulations, how and where they access fire safety information and how they interact with fire and rescue authorities.

Mark Prisk, the Government’s Business and Enterprise Minister, commented on the new campaign, saying:

“Business owners rightly have important legal responsibilities to protect their employees and customers from the risk of fire. But finding helpful and authoritative advice on what fire prevention and protection measures are appropriate and cost-effective may sometimes be a challenge.
“Determining precisely how best to comply – without giving rise to unnecessary costs – can sometimes be a real issue. That’s why I’m urging anyone who has experienced problems in seeking to comply with fire safety requirements to visit the Focus on Enforcement website and to let us know your views.”