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Covid-19 fire safety advice for business

We know this is a difficult time for everyone but if you own or manage a business, it is vital that you continue to ensure the safety of your staff and those who visit from a fire on your premises.

To assist you, we have created the following Covid-19 fire safety advice for businesses:

Whether your business remained open, or you are preparing to return, it will be necessary to review and update the premises fire risk assessment to ensure it is current and reflects the way the premises is operating, with the risk from fire assessed against the risk from Covid-19.

Read the government's latest guidance on understanding how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, read about fire inspections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alterations to buildings

Some premises may have been repurposed to undertake other work. An example would be a storage warehouse with few staff, now undertaking essential work to provide manufacture of medical items or the packing of food parcels. This may have happened within a short timeframe and the change in fire risk and the measures required to keep people safe in the event of fire, may not have been a primary consideration.

In all cases, a review of the premises fire risk assessment should have been/be undertaken to determine the effect on risk and the mitigation measures that may need to be taken. In addition, the current pandemic does not remove any requirements under the Building Regulations to ensure that alterations meet the functional requirements.

See the government's guidance on Building Regulations during the pandemic.

Updated: 12 November 2020


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