Fire Regs Update for Commercial Property Owners

Responsible Person | Fire within a commercial building

From the 1st October 2023, section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) is now officially updated to support a number of changes within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO).

This new legislation has come into effect to improve fire safety for multi-occupancy buildings and commercial premises. The reason for the update is so that landlords and commercial property owners can be clear on their responsibility towards employees, tenants, and visitors whilst at their premises in terms of fire regulation as a ‘Responsible Person’ through their new regulation commitments.

Residents of domestic premises

The new amendment applies to any building which houses two or more sets of domestic premises. Under article 21A, Responsible Persons have a duty to provide residents with any relevant fire information in respect of safety matters, including providing a risk assessment, preventative and protective measures, the address and contact details of the Responsible Person for who they can contact and be represented, raise any risks which they are aware of and identify all fire protection equipment available within the building.

Provision of information

Responsible Persons must now keep records under Article (9)6 Risk Assessment. Identify any other person who is accountable as the Responsible Person and any others who may be nominated in relation to the premises. They must also supply documents in relation to the Fire Safety legislation and provide any other documents in respect of relevant authority requirements.

For further information on protecting your property, tenants, employees, and site visitors and fire regulation, please contact JRW Risk Solutions. With several years of experience within the commercial insurance sector, we protect businesses large or small, against unforeseen circumstances, with a tailored insurance package to suit individual clients.

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