Your legal duties and steps you can take to improve fire safety
Fire presents a significant risk to businesses. It can kill or seriously injure employees or visitors and can also damage or destroy buildings, equipment or stock.
The Scottish Fire Rescue Service is the body responsible of enforcing fire legislation within Scotland. They may visit your premises to ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to manage fire hazards within your organisation.
Use the links below to find information on identifying and managing the risk of fire within your organisation.
The main causes of fire in the workplace are
You should be able to spot fire hazards, which are any situation that can give rise to a fire.
We have linked to a series of eight videos below that play one after the other. You can use these to train you and your staff how to spot common fire hazards within the workplace and at home.
The impact of fire in the workplace can depend on the type of business you have, your oganisation size and the people you are responsible for.
More fire safety planning will be needed if your organisation
For this reason is very important that you know the premises, processes, equipment, materials and people likely to be in your workplace.
You have a duty to manage fire safety if you are responsible for the premises. To do this you need to carry out a fire risk assessment.
This assessment should identify anyone who may be at risk should a fire occur and the inherent risks within the premises. Additionally, the assessment should provide detail of all measures introduced to remove or reduce those risks in order to ensure the safety of anyone in the event of fire.
You should think of these three elements while identifying hazards
The assessment will help you to take steps to remove any potential fire hazards, and to reduce the likelihood of fire impacting on your workplace.
To minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace, you might introduce changes to the way you organise work. You will need to review your current fire risk assessment and make any identified adjustments. These might include changes to emergency plan and evacuation procedures. To find out more, visit our
planning to return to work pages.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team