Guidance for businesses and business owners ahead of fire safety legislation change

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging businesses and building owners to ensure they are prepared for new fire safety legislation which comes into force from next month.

From 1 October 2023, the new fire safety legislation will come into effect which includes new duties for businesses and buildings owners.

The new legislation will apply to all non-domestic premises as well as the communal parts of residential buildings. Changes to this legislation have been introduced through the Building Safety Act 2022, and represent the next phase of the Government’s fire safety reform programme.

The main changes under the legislation include:

*   Responsible persons will need to record both fire risk assessments and fire safety arrangements in full, regardless of the size or purpose of the business or premises

*   Enhanced requirements for cooperation and coordination between responsible persons in premises where more than one is present

*   Provision of information to residents setting out the risks from fire within their building and the fire safety measures provided to keep them safe

To help businesses and property owners prepare for the legislation WSFRS will be holding some free online Q&A sessions to explain the new legislation and answer any questions.

To attend one of the sessions please book using the links below:

*   Monday 18 September, 1pm – 1.30pm<https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fire-legislation-qa-tickets-710380245437?aff=oddtdtcreator>

*   Wednesday 20 September 5.15pm – 5.45pm<https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-fire-legislation-qa-tickets-710382712817?aff=oddtdtcreator>

WSFRS Station Manager for Fire Safety Abigail Link said: “It is important that all responsible persons ensure they fully understand how this new legislation impacts their responsibilities to ensure the safety of the people within their care.

“If you are the responsible person for a small business, a small block of flats or a holiday let, you may have previously been exempt from the requirement to have a written fire risk assessment. From 1 October 2023, you will need to have a full, written record of your fire risk assessment regardless of the size or use of your building.

“We have outlined the changes this new legislation will introduce on our website, but I would encourage anyone who is unsure of their responsibilities to join us for one of our free Q&A sessions to find out more.”

You can read more about the changes on WSFRS’s website<https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-and-rescue-service/fire-safety-advice-for-businesses/changes-to-fire-safety-legislation/>.