workplace has been published in a joint document by the Home Office,
Health and Safety Executive, Scottish Executive and Department of
Environment (Northern Ireland).
to the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and requests by
employers for more detailed information on their responsibilities
under the Regulations.
Under the workplace regulations, primary responsibility for fire
safety in the workplace rests with employers. The new guidance
offers a comprehensive explanation of the Regulations and employers'
rights and responsibilities.
Employers will also be able to get free advice from their local fire
Publishing the guidance home office minister George Howarth said:
'Although the number of deaths from fire in the workplace is
small, there is still room for improvement.
'This user-friendly guide offers comprehensive advice on fire
risk assessment and information about the law. It will support busy
employers, ensuring that they have appropriate safeguards to protect
their workforce against fire.
'I hope that this manual of good practice will enable the Fire
Service, business and commerce, and the public sector to work
together, to make the workplace a safe environment for all
Supporting publication of the guidance, the Health and Safety
Executive's director of safety policy, Clive Norris, said:
'Employers are well used to approaching safety in the workplace
through risk assessment. The new guidance, which HSE welcomes, will
be invaluable in helping employers to consider what they need to do
to control fire risks in the workplace.'
1. Fire Safety - An Employer's Guide is available on the HSE home page: http://www.open.gov.uk/hse/hsehome.htm
2. It may also be obtained, at a cost of£9.95, from
HSE Books, PO Box 1999
Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6FS Tel: 01787 881165 Fax:
The Stationery Office
Publications Centre, PO Box 276
London SW8 5DT
Tel: 0870 600 5522 Fax: 0870 600 5533
3. Amendments to the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
were made following European Commission concerns about UK compliance
with the general fire safety provisions of the European Framework
Directive, which is about measures to encourage improvements in the
health and safety of employees.