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Fire safety advice for businesses

Advice and how to comply with the law.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service 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 National Fire Chiefs Council enforcement register. This register can be found online. The Enforcement Register has been moved to a new location. At present historic records have not yet been moved to the new Register.

Fire safety training

Our Commercial Fire Training Unit exists within Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has a direct link to Oxfordshire County Council. It delivers a variety of fire safety training in Oxfordshire to a wide range of businesses and institutions.

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