Your Legal Obligations

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers general fire safety in England and Wales. If you employ five or more employees then you are required to carry out regular fire risk assessments and record all information in writing. This is to help keep you and your staff safe. A Fire Risk Assessment will identify any potential fire risks and how you would deal with a situation where a fire occurs.

Put very broadly, if you control premises of any kind, including a construction site, you must make sure that you take suitable and sufficient measures to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the risk of injury from fire is prevented.

So you need to have a competent Risk Assessment, and to put control measures in place. These could include:

  • Fire and emergency procedures, including exit routes, signage, lighting
  • Fire detection and suppression, eg alarms, fire-fighting equipment
  • Control of ignition sources
  • Safe storage and use of flammable materials
  • Provision of information and training, eg how to use fire extinguishers

Once the assessment has been carried out, and any risks are identified, it will be your responsibility to appoint a responsible person on site to ensure recommendations are implemented and adhered to.

Many of our clients use substances or equipment that are a fire risk; these will be highlighted in the report as well as who could be affected.

Contractors also have duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, especially regulations 29 to 32.

Note that on larger construction projects the Client or insurance company may require compliance with the Joint Code of Practice.

Our Role

We are members of the Fire Protection Association, James has the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management (with distinction) and in the past few years we have provided Fire Risk Assessments for construction sites, workshops, offices, Houses in Multiple Occupation, and flats.

We can

  • Undertake a Fire Risk Assessment which will assess the suitability of your control measures and give you advice on improvements that should be made.
  • Advise you on your legal responsibilities.
  • Provide documentation, information, and signs.
  • Update your FRA every 12 months.

We do recommend that the fire risk assessment is kept up to date. It has the same approach as your premises Health and Safety risk assessment so can be done at the same time, or separately should you prefer.

For construction contractors, we can if required also ensure that the requirements of the Joint Code of Practice are in place.

Further Information

For further information please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with advice and a fee proposal.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is available at

You can download HSG 168 Fire Safety in Construction from the HSE website, but note that it is 10 years old and in some respects out of date.

For construction work, the Joint Code of Practice can be purchased from the Fire Protection Association.