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28 April 2015

New Fire Safety Legislation for Businesses


From 15 November 2010 all non-domestic premises must hold a valid Fire Safety Risk Assessment

Public safety minister Michael McGimpsey recently launched a new public awareness campaign to raise awareness of the change in fire safety legislation. The campaign, Fire Safe, will target those people who need to be aware of the change in law.

Employer Responsibility

From 15 November 2010 all non-domestic premises must hold a valid Fire Safety Risk Assessment. Responsibility for fire safety will rest with the employer or those with any degree of control over premises.

Replacing the Fire Certificates

Mr McGimpsey said: 'The new regulations will replace the current requirement for some premises to have fire certificates. Instead all non-domestic premises will be required to hold a valid fire safety risk assessment. Employers, owners, managers and landlords will be responsible for ensuring that fire safety risk assessments are carried out and measures to protect lives are put in place.'

Read further information about the new fire safety legislation on the Industry Support section of our website by clicking here. There is also more information available on the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service website.

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