Fire safety advice for businesses

Advice and how to comply with the law.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are fully committed to supporting local and national business located within Oxfordshire to ensure that we had a world class business environment for the benefit of all the members of our community.

To this end we are committed to enforcing the fire safety legislation that we are responsible for in a fair, transparent and proportional manner. Wherever possible we aim to provide assistance and guidance to achieve compliance with the legislation and only resort to formal action or prosecution in the most serious cases or where repeated failures have occurred.

For fire safety advice specific to your business please contact us.

How to comply with the law

  • The responsibility for ensuring compliance with legislation generally lies with the responsible person, usually the employer or in some case the owner. For further details responsible person
  • The responsible person is required to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. For further details see risk assessment.
  • For further information on completing your fire risk assessment download fire safety advice for business premises from the Communities and Local Government website.

The Environment and Safety Information Act 1988

This act requires Fire and Rescue Services and Local Authorities to maintain a register of information concerning the issue of prohibition, alteration and enforcement notices, which must be open to inspection by the public free of charge.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service fulfil this statutory duty by inserting notices issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 into Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) enforcement register. This register can be found here.

Fire safety training

Established in 1995, the Commercial Fire Training Unit exists within Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has a direct link to Oxfordshire County Council. The Unit delivers a variety of Fire Safety training in Oxfordshire to a wide range of businesses and institutions within Oxfordshire.

All our courses can be tailored to your needs and delivered at your premises (subject to required terms and conditions). We also offer scheduled an 'open' Fire Marshal course at a variety of venues located around Oxfordshire.

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