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Trafalgar Fire Systems - Responsible Person 

According to the Regulatory Reform Order (RRO), the emphasis for preventing fire and planning for fire are now laid firmly at the door of the person responsible for the building. 
Under the RRO, the responsible person has a duty to ensure the safety of any person that may be in the premises, not just employees but also visitors and members of the public. Consideration must be given to making sure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that everyone on the premises or nearby can escape safely if there is a fire. Particular attention should be paid to those who may require additional help, for example, those with a disability, elderly people or children. 
The main duties that the responsible person must manage are as follows: 
Carrying out or arranging a fire risk assessment to determine potential hazards and risks 
Putting in place an effective fire safety procedure and emergency plan in the event of a fire 
Ensure that there are accessible escape routes with the proper fire signs and emergency lights 
Implement fire fighting measures,such as fire extinguishers, and ensure that staff have adequate training in the use of the equipment 
Make certain that there is an appropriate fire detection system installed that conforms to British Standards and ensure that there is a regular maintenance programme in place 
One of the main duties of the responsible person is to either carry out or arrange a risk assessment of the premises to determine potential hazards and risks, taking into account people with special needs and 
those working with dangerous substances. If you are responsible for a smaller premises then you may be able to carry out the risk assessment yourself but larger, more complex sites may need to be assessed by 
a “competent person” although according to the legislation, you will still be responsible for adhering 
to the fire safety law. 
To find out more about undertaking your own risk assessment or to arrange for an independent risk assessor to carry out an assessment on your behalf, check out our Risk Assessment section. 
Alternatively, contact us today to book an appointment or for more information 0844 848 1440 
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